RBI has imposed a penalty of Rs.100,000/- on The Kurla Nagarik Sahakari Bank Limited for violation of section 26A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 which relates to deposit of unclaimed deposits (unclaimed for 10 years) or amount in accounts which have not been operated upon for a period of 10 years.
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he Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed, by an order dated October 14, 2021, a monetary penalty of ₹1 lakh (Rupees One lakh only) on KNS Bank, The Kurla Nagarik Sahakari Bank Ltd., Mumbai (the bank) for contravention of Section 26-A read with section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (the Act), the Depositor Education and Awareness Fund Scheme, 2014 (the Scheme) framed under section 26 A of the Act. This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of Section 47 A (1) (c) read with Section 46 (4) (i) and Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (the Act), taking into account the failure of the bank to adhere to the aforesaid directions issued by RBI.
This action is based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers.
The inspection report of the bank based on its financial position as on March 31, 2020, revealed, inter alia, that the bank had not transferred balances, in certain accounts which were unclaimed for more than ten years to Depositor Education and Awareness Fund. Based on the same, a Notice was issued to the bank advising it to show cause as to why penalty should not be imposed for non-compliance with and contravention of the provisions of the Act and the directions issued under the Act, as stated therein.
After considering the bank’s written reply to the Notice and oral submissions made during the personal hearing and subsequent additional submissions, RBI came to the conclusion that the aforesaid charge of non-compliance with RBI directions was substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty.