The government today sounded evasive about the media reports that it was planning to ask LIC to take a controlling stake in the crippled IDBI Bank, saying the boards of the respective entities will take a call on the matter.
"Both IDBI Bank and LIC are independent organisations. We have left all the decisions to bank boards and we are not going to micromanage them," a senior finance ministry official told reporters on the sidelines of the two-day annual summit of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
When pressed that both the entities are government- owned, the official quipped does that mean there cannot have business relationship between two government entities?
There have been reports that having failed to a get a buyer for its stake in IDBI Bank, the government might ask LIC, which already owns over 10 per cent in the infra-lender turned commercial bank, to take at least 40 per cent more in it, something it had done with Axis Bank in the past.
The media reports also said the government had sought the views of insurance regulator IRDAI and markets watchdog Sebi on the move. IRDAI does not allow LIC or any other insurer to own more than 15 per cent in any company.