After trashing Cobrapost sting, RBI Guv frets over money laundering

Mar 22 2013, 21:59 IST
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SummaryAmids allegations of money laundering in leading private sector banks, Reserve Bank Governor D Subbarao today said some corrective steps will be taken to strengthen the banking system which according to him is "largely safe."

Amids allegations of money laundering in leading private sector banks, Reserve Bank Governor D Subbarao today said some corrective steps will be taken to strengthen the banking system which according to him is "largely safe."

"...I believe systems largely safe. However, there is a need for some corrective action and based on the findings of the investigation, we will take corrective action" he said on the sidelines of an event here.

"I cannot at this time say or make broad, sweeping statement that there are no transactions taking place at all," he said.

Yesterday, RBI Deputy Governor K C Chakrabarty had downplayed the money-laundering allegations and said the country has a "perfect" system to prevent such offences and that not a single such transaction took place in the sting operation.

"Allegations do not mean flouting norms. There is not a single transaction which has taken place. KYC violations will happen in any system. These are all transactional issues and have nothing to do with money laundering," he had said.

The country's three largest private banks -- ICICI bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank -- were last week accused of indulging in money laundering both within and outside with an online portal, Cobrapost, claiming that the sting operation conducted by it had revealed a scam.

While RBI initiated a probe soon after the allegations of money laundering were made by Cobrapost, insurance regulator IRDA today sought explanations from heads of insurance companies associated with the three banks.

The sting operation alleged that some bank officials had offered to launder unaccounted money by investing in insurance schemes.

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