"RBI observed from the fraud monitoring report-1 submitted by Punjab National Bank on July, 10 2018 that the bank had delayed the reporting of fraud in the account of Kingfisher Airlines Limited," PNB said in a regulatory filing.
Earlier this year, Vijay Mallya had told the Bombay High Court that by declaring him a fugitive economic offender and allowing attachment of his assets, a special court had awarded him an “economic death penalty”.
Mallya also repeated his offer of a 100 per cent payback to state-owned Indian banks to cover the debt of Kingfisher Airlines. "Please take the money. With the balance, I also want to pay employees and other creditors and move on in life," he said.
The suspension of operations at Jet Airways — at one time India’s largest private airline — announced Wednesday, follows the troubles at Kingfisher, Air Deccan, and Sahara. A short history of hope and distress in a highly competitive market over the last 30 years.
The decision will now be channelled to the United Kingdom Home Office (the British equivalent of Home Ministry) where Home Secretary Sajid Javid, will pass an order based on that verdict of the Magistrates' Court.
SBI Managing Director Arijit Basu said the Indian banks have already recovered a total of Rs 963 crore through sale of Mallya’s domestic assets, and the UK Court’s order would further empower them to recover loans not repaid by Kingfisher Airlines.