UCO Bank shares fall to 11-year low as CBI books ex-CMD in Rs 621 crore fraud
Shares of UCO Bank opened at Rs 20 on Monday, then lost further ground and fell to their 52-week low of Rs 19.15, down 14.31% over its previous closing price.business Updated: Apr 16, 2018 17:17 IST
Shares of UCO Bank dropped to their lowest in 11 years, after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against UCO’s former chairman for cheating the state-run lender.
Shares of the Kolkata-based bank fell about 6% to Rs 20.90 in Mumbai on Monday, the lowest close since April 12, 2007. The 10-member Bankex index rose 0.3 %
The Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case against Arun Kaul, a former chairman of UCO Bank, and some others for cheating the lender of about Rs 621 crore ($95 million), according to a text message from a CBI spokesman Saturday. The bank had reported losses for nine straight quarters through Dec. 31 as it had to make provisions for soured debt that remains higher than the banking system’s average.
A call to UCO Bank’s corporate headquarters wasn’t immediately answered on Monday. Kaul couldn’t be reached when tried on his mobile phone.
The probe at UCO Bank along with investigations into a $2 billion fraud uncovered at Punjab National Bank and allegations of impropriety over a $500 million loan made by ICICI Bank Ltd. is raising questions about corporate governance standards and credit-underwriting procedures at lenders in Asia’s third-largest economy.
Rising defaults have enraged the public, piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act against the perpetrators and reinforce his anti-graft image before elections next year.