Congress demands SBI chief’s resignation after debit cards security breach

Demanding an inquiry into the matter, party spokesman Tom Vadakkan expressed concern, saying that as many as 70 lakh cards have been affected in the "massive data breach" which is one of the "biggest scams".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 23, 2016 9:25 pm
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Amid reports of widespread debit cards security breach, Congress on Sunday demanded resignation of Chairperson of the State Bank of India (SBI) Arundhati Bhattacharya, alleging that the largest public sector bank was the “mothership” in the scam in which 19 banks have been hit.

Demanding an inquiry into the matter, party spokesman Tom Vadakkan expressed concern, saying that as many as 70 lakh cards have been affected in the “massive data breach” which is one of the “biggest scams”. Vadakkan demanded resignation of Bhattacharya, alleging that SBI was the “mothership”.

Insisting that the country was heading for a “major crisis” in this matter, he claimed that a 980-page document is in the public domain and on social media revealing details of the “most secret document” of the account holders. SBI, the country’s largest commercial lender, has advised its customers to use the bank’s own Automated Teller Machine (ATM) network after the security breach of around six lakh debit cards issued by the bank.