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| 17 May, 2018

Indian lender PNB receives warning letter from markets regulator

PNB said in February 2 jewellery groups had defrauded it of more than $2bln

A man reads a newspaper outside a branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) in Ahmedabad, India, March 20, 2018.

A man reads a newspaper outside a branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) in Ahmedabad, India, March 20, 2018.

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MUMBAI - India's state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) said on Thursday it has received a warning letter from India's markets regulator for failing to make timely disclosures to the stock exchanges related to a sprawling $2 billion fraud.

In a securities filing on Thursday, PNB disclosed that the compliance and monitoring division of the Securities and Exchange Board of India had sent it a warning letter on May 15, stating it had noted delays of 1 to 6 days on the part of the bank in making disclosures related to the fraud - the largest ever in Indian banking history.

PNB, India's second-largest state-run bank, said in February two jewellery groups had defrauded it of more than $2 billion by raising credit from overseas branches of other Indian banks via illegal guarantees issued by rogue PNB staff over several years.

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(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Himani Sarkar) ((euan.rocha@tr.com; +91 22 6180 7257; Reuters Messaging: euan.rocha.reuters.com@reuters.net))