US Accuses 44 Banks Of Suspicious Transactions

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US Accuses 44 Banks Of Suspicious Transactions
Rajat Mishra - 06 October 2020

As many as 44 Indian banks and several companies have been accused of involving in suspicious transactions leading to terror financing and money laundering. These transactions were part of $2 trillion suspicious transfers in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)  of the US government list of over 2,500 documents. Most of the files were sent by banks to the US authorities between 2000 and 2017.

Many transactions had not been flagged by Indian authorities. In fact there is not much an Indian regulator can do because all dollar transactions pass through the US authorities. Adani group’s Singapore based arm Adani Global PTE got involved in this fiasco, being allegedly involved in suspicious transactions worth $6.24 billion with shell like companies in Seychelles between 2005-2014. Bhushan Steel’s transactions are flagged by foreign banks to FinCEN. The total transactions between 2012-2015 stand at $4.39 million. According to the reports, it resorted to nested money transfers involving Meridian Trade Bank in Latvia.

In addition, 44 Indian banks, both public and private, have made it to the Suspicious Activity Report for 2000 with transactions worth $1 billion between 2011 and 2017. Till now, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has tracked 18,153 suspicious transactions worth $35 billion. Amongst all banks, Indian banks have received $482,181,226 from outside the country and transferred $406,278,962 from the country.

The top five receiver banks include Indian Overseas Bank with 23 transactions, Allahabad Bank with 26 transactions, Bank of India with 35 transactions, State Bank of India with 29 transactions, and Canara Bank with 37 transactions. On the other hand, the top five senders’ list includes HDFC Bank with 14 transactions, Deutsche Bank AG with 18 transactions, IndusInd Bank with 57 transactions, Standard Chartered Bank with 1 transaction and State Bank of India with 29 transactions. And the amount of transactions for each bank is quite astounding. HDFC Bank had transferred an amount worth $327,999,890 through 11 transactions between September 2012, and February 15, 2013. SBI has transferred $5791055 to DNB ASA in 9 transactions from January, 2012 to October 2012.

Punjab National Bank, Union Bank Of India, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Yes Bank, Canara Bank, Bank Of Baroda, Indian Bank, Vijaya Bank, and many more are said to be involved in suspicious transactions.

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