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Lenders give clear chit to Reliance Commercial Finance as GT audit finds no fraud

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NEW DELHI: A bunch of lenders, together with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard), has given clear chit to Reliance Commercial Finance Ltd (RCFL), the NBFC arm of Reliance Capital, after an impartial forensic audit report from Grant Thornton didn’t detect any fraud within the RCFL account.

As per the report, of the entire consolidated debt owed to banks, RCFL accounted for Rs 11,620 crore, Reliance Home Finance Ltd (RHFL) Rs 7,430 crore and Reliance Capital (standalone) Rs 6,750 crore of debt. The consolidated debt consists of time period loans, money credit score and non-convertible debentures.

Last yr, lenders had given a go-ahead to nominate Grant Thornton to conduct a forensic audit of two Reliance Capital arms, the listed-RHFL and RCFL.

According to banking sources, the consortium of lenders led by Bank of Baroda has accepted the forensic audit report submitted by Grant Thornton, which signifies that no fraud has taken place.

It is to be famous that appointment of auditor is a part of the usual working process for all corporations going by the ICA (inter-creditor settlement) course of, and is a compulsory requirement underneath the rules laid down by the Reserve Bank of India.

Sources additional stated that clear chit has been given to RCFL because the lenders have accepted the audit report.

At a gathering of the consortium of lenders led by Bank of Baroda, held on September 25, Nabard knowledgeable the consortium that having examined the forensic audit report, it discovered no component of fraud and has due to this fact eliminated the ‘Red Flag’, banking sources stated.

Nabard is the second largest lender to RCFL with over Rs 1,100 crore of secured mortgage publicity, sources stated.

Nabard had labeled the account of RCFL as ‘Red Flag’ on February 25, 2020 and subsequently, lenders performed an in depth forensic audit by Grant Thornton, they stated.

Most of the lenders of the consortium, together with Punjab National Bank, Nabard, are signatory to an Inter Creditor Agreement (ICA) underneath June 7, 2019 round of the RBI on Prudential Framework for Resolution of Stressed Assets, they added.

The Delhi High Court on August 18 stayed a transfer by Bank of Baroda to categorise the accounts as fraud, restraining from taking every other coercive motion until the following listening to.

The court docket ordered that no step pre-judicial to the curiosity of the businesses shall be taken until the following date of listening to, September 29, 2020.

The RBI has additionally rejected lenders request to refer RCFL to NCLT, contemplating the passable progress made in direction of decision underneath its June 7 round.

In the decision course of initiated by the lenders, greater than 15 traders have evinced curiosity and submitted their Expression of Interests (EOIs).

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