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Known for generously gifting shares to friends and for philanthropic reasons, IDFC First Bank MD and CEO V Vaidyanathan is at it once again. The banker has gifted 7 lakh shares worth nearly Rs 5.5 crore of the private sector lender to five people, including an Air Force veteran and a child who lost a parent.

Regulatory filings show that Vaidyanathan gifted 50,000 shares of IDFC First Bank to Sameer Mhatre for buying a house, 75,000 shares to Mayank Mrinal Ghosh as “financial Security to kin due to Bereavement of colleague”, 2.5 lakh shares to Wg. Cdr. (Rtd.) Sampath Kumar in the form of assistance to a senior citizen.

The two others who were given shares are – A Kanojia (2.75 lakh shares to buy a house) and Manoj Sahay who has been identified as a friend of the banker.

The gift transactions were recorded earlier in the week on March 21. “It is submitted that there are no direct or indirect benefits derived by Mr V. Vaidyanathan from these transactions,” the bank said in a filing.

Based on March 21st closing price of Rs 77.90, the gifts are valued at around Rs 5.45 crore.

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While philanthropic acts are not uncommon in India Inc, Vaidyanathan has a peculiar style of gifting company shares.

Earlier in February 2022, the banker had gifted 9 lakh shares held by him, worth over Rs 3.95 crore, to five individuals, including his trainer, househelp and driver, to help them purchase homes.

In 2020, he had reportedly gifted shares to his former mathematics teacher who had lent him Rs 500 when he got into a premier school but did not have the cash to travel.

Since January 2018, the banker is said to have gifted about 40% of his stake held in the bank.

  • Published On Mar 22, 2024 at 01:50 PM IST

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