57 defaulters owe banks a whopping Rs 85,000 cr: RBI to SC

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Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel addresses a press conference in Mumbai after the monetary policy review meeting on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

Only 57 borrowers have defaulted on bank loans worth a whopping Rs 85,000 crore.

The Supreme Court said this after perusing a report submitted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) about persons who have taken loans worth over Rs 500 crore and defaulted and asked the central bank why their names should not be made public.

“Who are these people who have borrowed money and are not paying back? Why this fact that the person has borrowed money and not paying back be not known to public,” asked a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur.

The bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, said if the bar was lowered below Rs 500 crore, then the default amount would cross over Rs one lakh crore.

Observing that if people file an RTI query, they must know who the defaulters are, the bench asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) why the information on defaulters should be withheld.

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