PNB detects Rs 3805-cr fraud in Bhushan Steel account

Punjab National Bank (PNB). Reuters file photo

Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Saturday said it had reported a borrowing fraud of Rs 3805 crore  ($556 million) in Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd's account to the country's central bank.

The fraud, "alleging diversion of funds from the banking system" was being reported to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the basis of the findings of the forensic audit and the federal police filing a first information report, the PNB said in a statement to stock exchanges.

"It has been observed that the company has misappropriated bank funds, manipulated books of accounts to raise funds from consortium lender banks," PNB said, adding that it had already made provisions of Rs 1932 crore in Bhushan's account.

PNB has been defrauded of over $2 billion in a separate scam that came to light last year.

Bhushan Power and Steel, one of India's most indebted companies, was among the first 12 companies referred by the RBI to a bankruptcy court for a debt resolution process under new insolvency law.

The company could not be reached for comment on the PNB statement. 

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