MUMBAI, Oct 23:South-based private sector lender
Lakshmi Vilas Bank on Wednesday said that it has complained
against three Facebook accounts for allegedly spreading
defamatory posts about its financial position.
The accounts against which the bank, which has been
placed under operational restrictions due to capital
constraints by the RBI, also include one named ‘Priyanka
Gandhi – Future of India’.
The bank had unsuccessfully applied to the RBI to
merge mortgage lender Indianbulls Housing Finance, which would
have given it the required capital.
A complaint has been lodged with the Chennai police
with a request to act against the wrongdoers by seeking help
of the cyber crime officials, the bank said, adding it had
also received many enquiries from harried depositors after the
posts early this month.
One of the fake messages spoke about the closure of
its branches and ATMs, it said in the complaint.
The messages have been spread to cause annoyance,
inconvenience, insult, injury, criminal intimidation and ill
will against the bank, the bank said.
It was not immediately clear whether the FIR has been
registered or not.
The complaint comes under a similar one lodged by its
peer Yes Bank against rumour-mongers. All these complaints
come at a time when the going is getting tougher in the
banking with a few lenders like PMC Bank facing restrictions.