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Call for Submissions: Scholasticus Vol. 9(2)

[Announcement on behalf of the Centre of Studies in Banking and Finance at National Law University, Jodhpur] Scholasticus (ISSN 0975-1157) is one of the earliest publications by National Law University, Jodhpur established with the objective of promoting academic research and fostering debate in the field of Banking & Finance. The Journal has been re-launched after a gap of a few years, and...

Analyzing the Fintech Implications of RBI’s Mandate for Interoperability

[Akshay Luhadia and Rohit Gupta are 3rd year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) students at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata] On April 7, 2021, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (‘RBI’) announced significant changes in the policies regulating the operation of prepaid payment instruments (‘PPIs’) in India. According to the guidelines under the Payment and Settlement Systems...

Coffee Plantations under SARFAESI: A Bitter Brew

[Rahul Machaiah is a lawyer from Karnataka. He holds an LLM in Law & Development from Azim Premji University] On 29 January, 2021, a Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court held in UM Ramesh Rao v Union Bank of India that a coffee plantation is not ‘agricultural land’ under section 31(i) of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security...

FIU’s Penalty on PayPal: Should Payment Gateways be Subject to Anti-Money Laundering Law?

Recently, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) penalized PayPal to the tune of Rs. 9 million for not registering itself as a ‘payment system operator’ under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA), India’s anti-money laundering (AML) law. PayPal appealed against the FIU’s order before the Delhi High Court. In January 2021, the Court directed the Finance Ministry to constitute a...

The Need to Recalibrate the Indian Approach towards Cryptocurrencies

[Santosh S is a III year student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune] Since their advent in global economic affairs, cryptocurrencies have consistently stirred controversy, fear and caution. Despite this, they have proliferated rapidly, causing some significant legal and policy considerations to arise. In tandem with this global trend, cryptocurrency trading saw an increased share in volume in India...

Third Party Pledgees Not “Financial Creditors”: Supreme Court

An arrangement involving a third party security is not uncommon in commercial financing transactions. Here, a person (“A”) creates a security in favour a creditor (“B”) who provides financing to a third party (“C”). While a number of contract law and commercial law issues likely arise in such third party security, of immediate relevance is a scenario where A were to become insolvent in terms of...

Corporate Ownership in Private Banks: Setting the Cat among the Pigeons

[Pramod Rao is Group General Counsel, ICICI Bank. This post represents his personal views] With the release of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Report of the internal working group to review extant ownership guidelines and corporate structure for Indian private sector banks, several articles and commentaries have been published. What has attracted attention has been a...

Towards a Proportionate Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currencies

[Anshul Semwal is a 5th year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore] On April 6, 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (‘RBI’), a staunch critic of virtual currencies (‘VCs’), issued a circular banning the trade of VCs. The ban was short-lived as, two years later, the Supreme Court quashed the circular on the ground of proportionality in Internet and Mobile...

The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance 2020: A New Beginning?

[Manasvini Vyas is a 5th year student at National Law University Odisha] On 26 June 2020, the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (“the Act”) was amended by way of a presidential ordinance (the Ordinance’). The amendment seeks to bring urban cooperative banks (‘UCBs’) and multi-state cooperative banks (‘MCBs’) under the complete regulatory control of the RBI. This development assumes significance in the...

Cutting Corners through RBI’s Special Liquidity Scheme

[Shreya Dagar is a 3rd year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at National Law University Jodhpur] In order to provide relief to non-banking finance companies (“NBFCs”), housing financing companies (“HFCs”) and microfinance institutions against the pandemic struck economy, the Government has approved a special liquidity scheme providing short-term liquidity to these entities. Earlier, the Reserve Bank...

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