PNB fraud: ‘Payoffs, late night parties’; corruption has seeped into very core of India’s public sector banks

Late night parties at plush farmhouses and hefty kickbacks to top bank officials are two ‘compulsory’ requirements for scamsters to access the loans from public sector banks that they fully know would turn into Non-Performing Assets (NPAs).

A Firstpost investigation into the Punjab National Bank-Nirav Modi fraud case shows that corruption has gone into the very bone and marrow of state-owned banks and this is not just a ‘one-off’ for several banks, including PNB and others like UCO and Canara, which have encountered exposure in the Modi-Mehul Choksi scam.

Firstpost has exclusively accessed a confidential report of the Income Tax department and a statement of a director of Sterling Biotech, owned by Nitin and Chetan Sandesara, who had taken a loan to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore from various banks including PNB, Union Bank of India, UCO, Andhra bank and others which had turned into non-performing assets.moneycontrol