United Bank to 'name and shame' wilful defaulters: Deepak Narang

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 18 2014, 20:18pm hrs
BankSince the Supreme court has recently permitted banks to name and shame wilful defaulters.(Reuters)
State-owned United Bank of India will soon embark upon process to 'name and shame' its wilful defaulters as part of its effort to recover dues.

"Since the Supreme court has recently permitted banks to name and shame wilful defaulters. Now the bank would initiate process," United Bank of India executive director Deepak Narang told PTI.

As part of this, the bank will publish photographs of defaulters and other details in newspapers and at notice boards of bank branches.

Kolkata-based lender was the first PSU lender to initiate the process of declaring Vijay Mallya and three other directors on the grounded Kingfisher Airlines as wilful defaulter.

However, Kingfisher Airlines approached the Kolkata High Court seeking permission of being represented by a lawyer in the proceedings of the Grievance Redressal Commission of the bank.

Hearing on the matter before the division bench of the Kolkata High Court is scheduled on July 21.

Earlier on July 10, Justice Dipankar Dutta of the High Court rejected Kingfisher Airlines' plea to send an external legal practitioner to appear before the grievance redressal committee.

The bank had served a notice, asking Mallya and three other directors of Kingfisher Airlines to appear before its grievance panel on July 9.

If declared a wilful defaulter, the person would not be able to borrow in future and lose director-level positions in companies.

The bank's exposure to Kingfisher Airlines was around Rs 350 crore as part of consortium lead by State Bank of India. Outside consortium, the bank gave about Rs 60 crore loan for Pre-Delivery Payment.

The consortium of 17 banks, led by SBI, has an outstanding debt of about Rs 4,022 crore from the now-grounded carrier.

As part of the recovery process, banks in February last year decided to sell a portion of the collateral with them, including shares of group companies United Spirits Ltd and Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, Mallya's Goa villa, Kingfisher House in Mumbai and the Kingfisher brand, which was valued at over Rs 4,000 crore at the time it was pledged.