Action against Paytm Payments Bank Ltd under section 35 A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949
Reserve Bank of India has today, in exercise of its powers, inter alia, under section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, directed Paytm Payments Bank Ltd to stop, with immediate effect, onboarding of new customers. The bank has also been directed to appoint an IT audit firm to conduct a comprehensive System Audit of its IT system. Onboarding of new customers by Paytm Payments Bank Ltd will be subject to specific permission to be granted by RBI after reviewing report of the IT auditors. This action is based on certain material supervisory concerns observed in the bank.
In the above directions it has been mentioned by RBI that payments bank should conduct an audit of it’s system and this could mean that there are some issues or flaws in the system of Paytm Payments bank and this will in turn again affect the share price of Paytm.
Let’s see what will come out in this Audit.
Section 35A of Banking Regulations Act, 1949 states as under:
35A. Power of the Reserve Bank to give directions
(1) Where the Reserve Bank is satisfied that-
(a) in the [public interest]; or
(aa) in the interest of banking policy; or
(b) to prevent the affairs of any banking company being conducted in a manner detrimental to the interests of the depositors or in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the banking company; or
(c) to secure the proper management of any banking company generally, it is necessary to issue directions to banking companies generally or to any banking company in particular, it may, from time to time, issue such directions as it deems fit, and the banking companies or the banking company, as the case may be, shall be bound to comply with such directions.
(2) The Reserve Bank may, on representation made to it or on its own motion, modify or cancel any direction issued under sub-section (1), and in so modifying or canceling any direction may impose such conditions as it thinks fit, subject to which the modification or cancellation shall have effect.
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