RBI impose penalties on Axis Bank, Syndicate Bank and UCO Bank

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday said it has imposed a total penalty of Rs 2.2 crore on private sector lender Axis Bank NSE 1.25 % in two separate cases. A penalty of Rs 2 crore has also been imposed on UCO Bank NSE -2.43 % and Rs 1 crore on Syndicate Bank NSE -2.73 % for violation of norms.

The RBI said penalty of Rs 2 crore has been imposed each on Axis Bank and UCO Bank for non-compliance of norms related to payment through cheques.

In another case, a penalty of Rs 20 lakh has been imposed on Axis Bank for contravention of the directions related to detection and impounding of counterfeit notes.

The penalty on Syndicate Bank has been imposed for violation of guidelines related to checking fraud and managing risk.

The RBI, however, said the action on banks is based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers.