Axis, India’s third-biggest private sector bank, said last week it had suspended some 19 employees over alleged breaches at one of its branches in implementing a government-ordered exchange of high-value bank notes.
The statement by Axis was in response to a report on Saturday in local Hindi daily that suggested the bank could lose its licence over alleged money laundering activities involving the suspended employees.
“We firmly believe that said news is intended to spread panic amongst the general public, demoralise the staff and damage the reputation of the bank,” the lender said in a stock exchange filing.
Shares in Axis Bank were down 2.5 per cent at Rs. 445 a share in afternoon trading on the National Stock Exchange.