RBI/2014-15/73
DBR.No.CID.BC.57/20.16.003/2014-15

July 1, 2014
(Updated up to January 07, 2015)

i) All Scheduled Commercial Banks (excluding RRBs and LABs) and
ii) All India Notified Financial Institutions

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Dear Sir / Madam

Master Circular on Wilful Defaulters

RBI has been receiving references from banks and other agencies seeking clarification as well as posing certain issues concerning the various guidelines contained in the current Master Circular on Wilful Defaulters. These references have been examined and the Master Circular has been modified accordingly. A copy of the same is attached.

2. While quite a few of the modifications in the guidelines are definitional and clarificatory in nature, certain substantive changes have been made to bring in greater transparency and accountability in the due process required to be adopted for identification of Wilful Defaulters (paragraph 2.5(d) and 3). Further, in view of the limited role of non-promoter/non-whole time directors (Nominee and Independent directors) in the management of a company’s debt contracts, their names shall now be excluded from the list of Wilful Defaulters, except in the rarest circumstances which also have been specified at paragraph 3 of the Master Circular.

  1. The modifications to the Master Circular have been furnished separately in the Annex.

Yours faithfully,

(Sudarshan Sen)
Chief General Manager-in-Charge

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