Will be out of Nirav Modi mess in 6 months: PNB MD Sunil Mehta
By Rishabh Groch On 8 Apr, 2018 At 09:42 AM | Categorized As Business, Home Slide Show | With 0 Comments
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The bank was hit by country’s biggest ever banking fraud of more than Rs 13,000 crore perpetrated by Nirav Modi and his associates in connivance with some officials of a branch of the bank in Mumbai.
The bank has received tremendous support from the government, other stakeholders and employees to come out of the situation, Sunil Mehta said,
NEW DELHI: The worst is over for Punjab National Bank (PNB) and it will come out of the mess created by the Nirav Modi fraud case in six months, the state-run lender’s managing director Sunil Mehta said today.
The bank was hit by country’s biggest ever banking fraud of more than Rs 13,000 crore perpetrated by billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi and his associates in connivance with some officials of a branch of the bank in Mumbai.
The bank has received tremendous support from the government, other stakeholders and employees to come out of the situation, Mehta told PTI in an interview.
“So worst is behind us. Everything now seems to be under control as surgery is over, now we are in recovery phase. We are anticipating that we will be able to come out of this entire problem and pain in the next 6 months,” he said.
Emphasising the long legacy and strength of the bank, Mehta said, “it is a 123-year old institution which was founded during Swadeshi movement by Lala Lajpat Rai. This institution has 7,000 branches spread through length and breadth of the country with business of more than Rs 10 lakh crore in the domestic market. So fraud of this nature could not shake confidence of our customers during this period.”

Even during trying times, the bank’s business has grown better than the industry, he said, adding that credit has witnessed a growth rate of about 10%, in line with the guidance that was shared with investors.
With regard to deposits, the bank has recorded a growth of 6.2%, he said.
“So, we have grown in line with industry and even during difficult days it was business as usual.

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