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March 5, 2024

RBI Imposes Ban on IIFL Finance for Gold Loan Sanctioning and Disbursal

In a decisive move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed an immediate ban on IIFL Finance from sanctioning or disbursing gold loans due to identified material supervisory concerns within its gold loan portfolio. The central bank’s action follows a thorough inspection conducted with reference to IIFL’s financial status as of March 31, 2023, revealing serious deviations in gold assaying and certification procedures, both at loan sanctioning and default auction stages.

According to the RBI’s statement, the inspection unearthed significant discrepancies in the assaying and certification of gold, posing regulatory violations and adversely impacting customer interests. In response to these findings, the RBI has directed IIFL Finance to cease and desist from further gold loan operations, including the assignment, securitization, or sale of existing gold loans.

While the ban prohibits IIFL Finance from initiating new gold loan transactions, the company is allowed to continue servicing its existing gold loan portfolio through standard collection and recovery procedures. However, the RBI has underscored the need for immediate rectification of identified issues to safeguard customer interests and ensure regulatory compliance.

The supervisory restrictions imposed on IIFL Finance will remain in effect pending the completion of a special audit commissioned by the RBI. The audit aims to delve deeper into the identified concerns and assess the company’s adherence to regulatory standards. Following the completion of the special audit and subsequent rectification measures undertaken by IIFL Finance, the RBI will review the supervisory restrictions, contingent upon the satisfaction of regulatory requirements.

The RBI’s proactive intervention underscores its commitment to maintaining the integrity of the financial system and safeguarding customer interests. By addressing identified lapses in the gold loan portfolio of IIFL Finance, the central bank aims to uphold regulatory standards and instill confidence in the banking sector.

IIFL Finance is expected to cooperate fully with the RBI’s directives, undertaking necessary corrective actions to address the identified supervisory concerns. The resolution of these issues is paramount for the company to regain regulatory approval and resume normal operations in the gold loan segment.

As the RBI initiates stringent measures to enforce compliance and accountability within the financial sector, stakeholders are reminded of the importance of upholding regulatory standards and prioritizing customer welfare. The ban on IIFL Finance serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the consequences of non-compliance and the imperative of robust risk management practices in the banking industry.

Rajan Shukla

Rajan Shukla

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