RBI should’ve acted on YES Bank 5 months earlier

Former State Bank of India chairman Rajnish Kumar has said in his book that the Reserve Bank of India should have sacked the Yes Bank board five months earlier in November 2019 as the bank was already losing deposits and defaulting on reserve requirements.

In his book, ‘The Custodian of Trust’, the former SBI chairman has provided some behind-the-scenes glimpses of what went into resolving something that appeared as a Lehman Brothers moment for India. It was during his tenure that the financial sector was hit by the triple failure of IL&FS, DHFL and Yes Bank.

Giving a hint of the workings of Yes Bank, Kumar reveals how the private lender stepped in to help GVK attain financial closure for its Navi Mumbai project. The Rana Kapoor-promoted bank had charged a high upfront fee even when SBI – which was several times bigger and facing pressure from various authorities – was reluctant given the group’s stressed situation. He has also questioned the delay in deciding on the reappointment of Kapoor, which left the RBI with no choice but to offer a three-month extension up to January for Kapoor.

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