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Paytm Payments Bank fined over Rs 5 crore for violating money laundering act

A few days ago, Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma stepped down as Non-Executive Chairman and Board Member of Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL), as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) ban on the bank's operations inches closer.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Published on: March 01, 2024 19:51 IST
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Paytm Payments Bank has been imposed a penalty of Rs 5.49 crore by the Financial Intelligence Unit of India for violations under the money laundering act.

FIU-IND initiated a review of Paytm Payments Bank on receipt of specific information from law enforcement agencies in respect of few entities and their network of businesses engaged in a number of illegal acts, including organising and facilitating online gambling.

The money generated from these illegal operations, i.e. proceeds of crime were routed and channelled through bank accounts maintained by these entities with the Paytm Payments Bank Ltd, the ministry said.

"The Financial Intelligence Unit-India (FIU-IND),... has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 5.49 crore on Paytm Payments Bank Ltd with reference to the violations of its obligations under the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act)," the ministry said.

The FIU passed its order imposing the penalty on February 15.

The FIU action follows RBI's January 31 directive barring Paytm Payments Bank from accepting fresh deposits or credits in the accounts of its customers from February 29. The date was later extended to March 15.

With inputs from PTI

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