PNB tanks 9% on ₹ 11,400-crore scam

On the NSE, the stock opened at ₹137.60, then fell 8.57 % to ₹ 133.35.

Updated - February 17, 2018 03:57 pm IST

Published - February 15, 2018 11:55 am IST - New Delhi

Shares of Punjab National Bank on Thursday extended its fall for the second straight session, falling as much as 9 % in morning trade after the lender said it has detected a $ 1.77 billion fraud.

The stock opened at ₹ 137, then hit a low of ₹ 133.45, down 8.47 % over its previous closing price.

On the NSE, the stock opened at ₹137.60, then fell 8.57 % to ₹ 133.35.

This is the second consecutive day the stock has declined. It had slumped 10 % on Wednesday.

The state-owned bank said it had detected a $ 1.77 billion (about ₹11,400 crore) fraud in which billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi allegedly acquired fraudulent letters of undertaking (LoUs) from one of its branches for overseas credit from other Indian lenders.

PNB has suspended 10 officers over the scam and referred the matter to CBI for investigation.

While PNB did not name other lenders, Union Bank of India, Allahabad Bank and Axis Bank are said to have offered credit based on LoUs issued by PNB.

An LoU is a letter of comfort issued by one bank to branches of other banks, based on which foreign branches offer credit to buyers.

Consequently, shares of Union Bank of India fell 1.85 % and Allahabad Bank shed 5.6 %.

Meanwhile, Axis Bank was trading on the green and touched a intraday high of ₹ 554.30, up 1.90 % on reports that it has sold all the referred transactions with respect to PNB’s LoUs.

This could be the biggest banking fraud in India as its quantum was bigger than an estimated ₹ 9,000 crore scam at erstwhile Satyam Computers.

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