RBI says no risks to banking system from NSEL crisis

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 22:41

Mumbai: A day after flagging concerns over the National Spot Exchange (NSEL) scam, the Reserve Bank Tuesday ruled out any threat to the banking system from the Rs 5,600-crore payment crisis.

"We have no issue with the NSEL crisis as at present there is no problem to the banking system because of the scam," RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan told reporters at the customary post-policy press meet here.

He was asked about RBI's views on the three-month long payment crisis at the commodity bourse.

Echoing similar view, Deputy Governor K C Chakrabarty said the NSE issue does not fall under RBI's purview but there is no risks to the banking system from the crisis.

Yesterday, for the first time, the RBI reacted to the crisis at the crippled NSEL, which owes close to Rs 5,600 crore to over 13,000 investors.

"The NSEL crisis exposes regulatory gaps prevailing in systemic institutions... A loss in one segment of their (brokerage firms) operations can have a cascading effect on other segments, in turn, propagating contagion effects throughout the market," the RBI said in macroeconomic and monetary developments report.

NSEL, promoted by Jignesh Shah-led FTIL, is facing the problem of settling Rs 5,600 crore to members after it suspended trade on July 31 on government directions.

The crisis at NSEL has raised the issue of inter- connectedness of financial institutions, it said, adding many brokerage firms are active in multiple segments, including equity, commodity and forex.

In August, the beleaguered spot commodity bourse had announced an elaborate plan, spread over 30 weeks, to settle the investor dues.

But so far, NSEL has defaulted 10 times and has been able to settle only about Rs 180 crore as against estimated Rs 5,600-crore dues.


First Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 22:41

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