BENGALURU (Reuters) - India’s Punjab & Sind Bank (PSB) said on Wednesday it has reported a 2.38 billion rupee ($34.58 million) fraud to the country’s central bank, relating to allegations of diversion of funds by the indebted Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd.
Earlier this month, Punjab National Bank (PNB) said it had reported a borrowing fraud of 38.05 billion rupees in Bhushan Power’s account to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Both these banks are among a host of financial creditors who have claimed a collective 473.03 billion rupees from Bhushan Power, which the RBI referred to a bankruptcy court in 2017.
It has been observed that the company has misappropriated bank funds, manipulated books of accounts to raise funds from the consortium of lenders, New-Delhi based PSB said in a statement on Wednesday.
The case is currently at the country’s company law tribunal and the bank expects good recovery, it said.
State-owned PSB also said it has made provisions amounting to 1.89 billion rupees relating to its exposure to the Bhushan Power account.
($1 = 68.8280 Indian rupees)
Reporting by Derek Francis in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich