The Delhi High Court in the case Dabur India Limited v. Ashok Kumar and Ors & other connected matters observed and has directed the Indian Banks Association, IBA to hold a meeting to ensure that all banks follow the Standard Operating Procedure SOP in respect of providing information on fraudulent transactions to the law enforcement agencies.
The bench headed by Justice Prathiba M Singh in the case observed that the SOP and the manner in which it has to be implemented by all the banks is still a work in progress.
The court in its order stated that the IBA hold the meeting of the concerned sub-groups and sub-committee in order to ensure that all Banks follow the SOP in respect of information disclosure mechanism to the law enforcement agencies.
In the present case, the court was dealing with the petitions concerning proliferation of fraudulent domain names, filed by trademark and brand owners wherein seeking reliefs against misuse of their marks and names by unauthorized persons, who register such marks as part of their domain names.
The plea moved also raised the issue of fraudulent transactions resulting in innocent customers being duped.
The said court was also informed that pursuant to its order, a meeting was called by RBI where the law enforcement agencies clearly expressed that the banks ought to expedite the process of providing the information on fraudulent transactions.
Further, the bench headed by Justice Singh informed that the IBA and RBI had taken cognizance of the entire issue.
The court in the case issued the notice to the Senior Advisor of and asked him to appear before it so that the stand of all the banks can be considered.
It has also been directed by the said court that the concerned Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs to call a meeting of Cyber Crime Cells in various states to ensure coordination while dealing with cases involving fraudulent transactions.
The court while considering the facts and circumstances of the case observed that the RBI needs to take steps to curb malpractices where amounts have been accepted by banks in the names of well-known companies but the bank account stands in the name of third party.
The court also asked the counsel appearing for the RBI to seek instructions as to whether the regulatory authority can issue guidelines while
making it mandatory for banks to match beneficiary’s name or name in the billing details with the account holder’s name ‘and not merely the account number’ whenever banks accept online or offline payments.
Accordingly, the court listed the matter for further consideration on April 06, 2024.