Rs 3,800 crore gone in a day! PNB shaves off entire post-recap stock gains
Shares of Punjab National Bank (PNB) tanked 10 per cent on Wednesday soon after the public sector lender informed bourses about a financial fraud of over Rs 11,000 crore at one of its Mumbai branches. With this huge sell-off, Rs 3800 crore worth of investor wealth has gone in a day.
The stock selled the day at Rs 145.80 on the BSE, falling below the level quoted on October 25 2017, the day the stock surged 36 per cent after the government announced Rs 2.1 lakh crore for PSU bank recapitalisation to revive investments as well as growth.
"The transactions were "for the benefit of a few select account holders with their apparent connivance" and that "based on these transactions other banks appear to have advanced money to these customers abroad," the bank said in a regulatory filing to BSE.
PNB, the country's second-biggest state-run lender and fourth-biggest overall by assets, did not name the people involved but said it had reported the deals to law enforcement agencies and would evaluate later whether it faces any liability arising out of the transactions.
"In the bank these transactions are contingent in nature and liability arising out of these on the bank shall be decided based on the law and genuineness of underlying transactions," PNB said, without giving further details.
PNB is already dealing with other allegations of fraudulent transactions. Last week, Central Bureau of Investogation said they had launched an investigation into billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, one of the country's richest men, over accusations that he and others defrauded PNB of $44 million.
It was not immediately known if the latest disclosure on fraudulent transactions was related to or separate from the previous incident.