Lookout Noticed Issued Against Yes Bank Founder Rana Kapoor
On Friday, Enforcement Directorate searched the Mumbai house of Yes bank founder Rana Kapoor. Also, the agency launched a money laundering probe against him. Fearing that Mr. Kapoor and other former directors of the bank could leave the country, the agency issued a lookout notice against them.
Restructuring Yes bank management
The Reserve Bank of India took over board of the bank for 30 days to restructure its finances. Also, it put a cap of Rs. 50,000 on withdrawal for Yes bank customers. The finance ministry said in its notification that the withdrawal cap will remain effective till April 3. RBI has appointed former SBI CFO Prashant Kumar as administrator of the beleaguered Yes Bank.
Union Finance Minister listed malpractices
Nirmala Sitharaman said that malpractices by top leadership of the bank were among the top reasons for centre’s decision to restructure the management of the bank. Ms. Sitharaman, in a press conference, said that RBI had been monitoring Yes bank since 2017.
The RBI noticed serious governance issues with Yes bank. There was a culture of weak compliance. Also, there were wrong asset classifications together with risky credit decisions. Ms. Sitharaman said that RBI started getting clear indications about the said issues before it decided to restructure the Yes bank board.
Investigation in Yes bank
Law enforcement agencies didn’t rule out malpractices by top leadership. A member even resigned after CBI put pressure. Mr. Rana Kapoor was ordered to step down after his request for extension of his term was turned down by the RBI.