News about Indian banks taking hit of $3 bn is false: Finance Ministry

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New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The finance ministry on Monday clarified that news circulating that tax department has estimated Indian banks could take a hit of more than $3 billion pertaining to $1.8 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, is false.

“News appearing in certain section of media that Tax Department has estimated that Indian banks could take a hit of more than $3 billion due to alleged fraud at PNB, is false & factually incorrect,” the finance ministry clarified through a tweet.

The fraud inolved issue of illegal letters of undertaking and foreign letters of credit favour Nirav Modi and Gitanjali group of companies which were not authorised by the bank. The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate the Rs 11,300 crore bank fraud.

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