Banks’ ‘inside’ accounts being used for frauds: RBI


MUMBAI: RBI has raised issues once more over misuse of ‘inside’ accounts in some banks. The central financial institution’s inspections have revealed that some inside accounts – that are used by a financial institution for its personal operations – have been used as a conduit for fraud and ‘evergreening‘ of loans, RBI deputy governor Swaminathan J mentioned on Tuesday.
Noting that some banks have opened lakhs of inside accounts with out legitimate causes, RBI has requested CFOs of those banks to shut pointless accounts.
These accounts are usually not meant for buyer or exterior transactions, as a substitute they’re largely opened for operational effectivity. Internal accounts are additionally used to handle a financial institution’s liquidity, observe payment revenue and to watch sure actions.

In Sept 2019, RBI had instructed lenders to conduct an inside appraisal of such accounts which could have been used to cover unhealthy loans via evergreening, the place funds lie in an inside account for a number of days earlier than being credited to the precise beneficiary. The central financial institution had mentioned that the funds in such transitory inside threat being misused by a department supervisor to fund unauthorised overdrafts.
“Internal accounts are high risk in nature on account of its potential for misuse. I therefore request the CFOs to have them rationalised completely, bring them down to the essential minimum and exercise greater control through periodical reconciliation and a proper reporting to the audit committee of the board,” mentioned Swaminathan. The deputy governor was addressing statutory auditors and CFOs of business banks and monetary establishments.
Swaminathan mentioned that it was the obligation of CFOs to familiarise auditors and supervisors with the nuances of the financial institution’s operations, ” It is imperative to eschew the notion of hiding, withholding, or providing incomplete information to these teams. Transparency is key; by sharing comprehensive and accurate data, CFOs not only facilitate a smoother audit and supervision process but also reinforce the bank’s commitment to integrity and compliance,” he mentioned.

Nilesh Desai
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