Fraud-hit PMC Bank has actually approached other banks over a possible merger even as its efforts to recuperate funds from a huge customer have actually been interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the bank’s administrator stated in a court filing seen by Reuters.

Authorities began examining Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC) for scams in 2015 and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) took control of it after discovering monetary abnormalities. Countless PMC depositors have actually been not able to access their deposits for a year as the RBI has actually topped withdrawals at Rs 1 lakh.

PMC has actually “attempted to engage with the significant banks of the nation to ask for a merger”, the bank’s administrator stated in a September 10 filing at the Delhi High Court, without determining the banks or providing other information.

The bulk of PMC’s loan book was discovered to be paid out to one realty business, HDIL, and an RBI-appointed administrator, Jai Bhagwan Bhoria, has actually been attempting to recuperate the charges in a quote to save the lending institution. Authorities have actually been examining authorities of both PMC and HDIL.

HDIL and its partners owe Rs 6,981 crore to PMC, however at Rs 1,160 crore, the realisable worth of its securities was “grossly inadequate”, Mr Bhoria stated in the filing of the case advanced by 2 aggrieved PMC depositors.

Other legal procedures to offer particular securities have actually likewise been struck as courts have actually not been completely functional throughout the unique coronavirus pandemic, the filing stated.

Mr Bhoria and the RBI did not right away react to an ask for remark. HDIL, which has actually rejected any misbehavior, likewise did not react.

Set up in 1984, PMC is a local co-operative lending institution with 137 branches throughout 6 states, and its unexpected failure in late September 2019, has actually left countless its depositors having a hard time.

In his filing, Mr Bhoria stated a push to offer an HDIL private yacht had actually likewise been struck as it was anchored in Sri Lanka and interested bidders had actually not had the ability to examine it due to COVID-19 travel curbs.

Separately, 2 of HDIL’s airplane might not be auctioned quickly as the Mumbai International Airport – where they have actually been parked – was closed to visitors, the filing stated.