‘NIL divergence is not an achievement to be published and is only compliance with the extant Income Recognition and Asset Classification norms,’ the RBI said.

 

NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has warned Yes Bank of regulatory action for disclosure of nil divergence report in violation of the confidentiality clause.

The Yes Bank had said in a press release earlier this week that the RBI has not found any divergence in the asset classification and provisioning done by the lender during 2017-18.

In a regulatory filing, Yes Bank said it has received a letter from the RBI which noted that the Risk Assessment Report (RAR) was marked “confidential” and it was expected that no part of the report is divulged except for the information in the form and manner of disclosure prescribed by regulations.

“Therefore, the press release breaches confidentiality and violates regulatory guidelines. Moreover, NIL divergence is not an achievement to be published and is only compliance with the extant Income Recognition and Asset Classification norms,” the RBI said in its letter.

“The issuance of the press release has, therefore, been viewed seriously by the RBI and could entail further regulatory action/s,” the letter added.

The Risk Assessment Report also identifies several other lapses and regulatory breaches in other areas of the bank’s functioning and the disclosure of just one part of the RAR is viewed by RBI as a deliberate attempt to mislead the public, the RBI said.

The RBI, this is to be noted, conducted its first asset quality review (AQR) of banks in 2015 in order to find corporate loan accounts with severe financial weakness which were still classified as standard accounts on the books of the lenders.

After this review, RBI found a large divergence of Rs 4,176 crore in the reported gross NPAs in the books of Yes Bank for 2015-16. The RBI also judged gross NPAs at Rs 8,373.8 crore for Yes Bank for 2016-17 against the declared gross NPAs of Rs 2,018 crore. Therefore, there was a divergence of Rs 6,355 crore or three times the reported amount.

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