“After considering the facts of each case … Reserve Bank came to conclusion that some of the violations were substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty…” the central bank said in a statement.
RBI imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Axis Bank, Rs 4.5 crore on HDFC Bank and Rs 1 crore on ICICI Bank.
The penalty follows scrutiny carried out by RBI of books of accounts, internal control, compliance systems and processes of these three banks at their corporate offices and some branches during March/April 2013.
The scrutiny was conducted to investigate into the allegations of contravention of Know Your Customer (KYC) anti-money laundering guidelines against them following expose by online portal Cobrapost.
RBI further said that a similar scrutiny was being conducted at corporate offices of 36 other banks and “the process of follow up action in respect of these banks is at different stages of its completion.”