HDFC BANK 4 U
THE BANK THAT UNDERSTANDS YOUR WORLD
A true story
I am sorry but I can only call it a story and the end is still not over!!! / ???
Dear Friends ,
This is what happened to me when I opened a Bank account with HDFC Bank .You ask my
opinion to recommend a Bank -My recommendation -bank anywhere but HDFC Bank.You
are free to recommend in public interest this site to your friends or send these pages by e
mail to your friends to caution them. Let me also clarify here that I am not the only
customer in exasperation with HDFC Bank but there are several others as well.
Let me add that in my 22 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant and having dealt
with a number of Banks Canara ,SBI,RBI,BOB,BOA,PNB,ANZ Grindlays,SBI OBU
Bahrain,BOB Uganda and several FI’s as ICICI,IDBI,LIC,UTI and evenInternational
Finance Corporation (Washington) and East African Development Bank and evenlocal
Banks in Uganda ,Kenya ,Tanzania and Zaire or Congo I have never had the opportunity
to observe or evenhear anything close to what appears below .It is no joke but you can
have a big laugh at the Bank that understands your needs.I have worked with DCM ,GKN
Invel Transmissions Ltd. ,Insilco Ltd. (Degussa AG venture),Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
,Cable Corporation Ltd.
Mr. Muskan Singh
Dear Mr. Singh ,
Account NO 1581000011229
My experience with HDFC Bank –The First Transaction
I had the privilege of opening a Saving Bank Account as a valued customer (?) of youresteemed Bank (?) on March
21st 2002 by issue of a cheque no 595624 dated 20th March 2002 drawn on Punjab National Bank (Pitampura) for Rs
50,000 (Rupees fifty thousand only). The cheque was issued favouring HDFCBank-A/cRajesh Rampal and was
crossed A/c Payee only.
The pay in slip duly acknowledged by your teller with the aforesaid particulars appears as Exhibit A to this letter.
Photocopy of my Bank account of Punjab National Bank A/c No 33232 on which the Cheque No 595624 was drawn
and shown as debited for Rs 50,000 (Rupees Fifty Thousand only) on 21st March 2002 is appearing under Exhibit
B to this letter for your ready reference. I can requisition the paid cheque from my Bank PNB. Pitampura, if you so
On March 30th 2002 I had the unique honourand privilege to use your Bank’s exclusive Banking on the Net Facility
to find out my balance at app. 8 .00 P.M. and found that my account balance was Rs 5,000 only!Exhibit C
On 31st March 2002 Sunday (Bank Holiday) I went to the ATM (HDFC Bank Pitampura) to use the facility to
withdraw cash for my daughters admission to a course for which the last date was the 31st March 2002 and could not
draw the requisite cash .Even on April 1st 2002 I found the balance to be Rs 5,000 (Exhibit D) only !Again on April
1st 2002 I could not draw the desired cash through the ATM or by a Self cheque*(details below) as your Bank was
closed for Public Dealing on account of Year end closing and hence even a visit to the Bank did not fructify. Despite
all this I still had nurtured hopes that corrective action would get taken on April 1st 2002 year closing but all my
hopes and dreams were shattered beyond repair on April 2nd 2002.
I could not ensure my daughters admission for a crash course . Moreover I could not even withdraw enough cash to
pay for my youngerdaughter’s schoolfees of Rs 6,490/- (Rupees Six thousand,fourhundred and ninety only) nor
could I pay for some furniture which went back undelivered since I was in no position to issue a cheque or pay cash
as per terms of delivery and had to bear freight expenses in cash and now I have to pay cash before delivery per the
revised terms with the Supplier. Even my niece who came for her first visit to our place after her marriage with her
Husband had to go back without the traditional sagan.The monthly payments at Month end had already wiped our
cash balance clean .
In exasperation to this technology of Banking on the Net and an ATM card transaction I decided at long last to use
the traditional and time tested method of using a Self cheque drawn on HDFC bank (Cheque No*. 038951 dated
31st March 2002 for Rs 6490/-) and withdrawing cash on April 2nd 2002 Exhibit E. As a valued customer(!) of
your Bank my head hangs in shame to describe what transpired at this juncture –the cheque was returned unpaid due
to insufficient funds !. The humiliation , embarrassment and insult was complete The mental anguish suffered by
my family unbearable since March 30th 2002. My parents,both senior citizens were shocked beyond description. My
children were beyond consolation.All my daughters life’s efforts came to a naught just because of HDFC Bank and
the whole family was helpless and silent spectators and cursed the day when we opened an account with HDFC
Bank 21st March 2002.
Please let me know the correct status ofmy account at the earliest .When you take corrective action please confirm a
value date credit for 21st March 2002 to ensure correct interest credit to my Savings account,needless for me to add
it is required for correct assessment ofmy Income –tax liability and for filing a correct Tax Return. The value date
credit will also work out a correct weighted average balance for the quarter and for future reference.
Also let me know the e-mail Address ofyour Chairman Mr.Jagdish Capoor , the Managing Director Mr.Aditya
Puri and also of Mr Deepak Parekh . Copies of this letter are being mailed to them at your Registered office in
Mumbai.I also request you to let me know the Name and Address ofyour Bank’s Statutory Auditors.
During the last two days I had the chance to share my anguish with some friends and was shocked to know that they
had equally horrifying stories to tell about HDFC Bank. One of them has suggested to launch a web site for such
horror stories where accountholders ofHDFC Bank can exchange their experiences specially since my experience is
not an isolated one!
I shall be forced to take appropriate further action in case I am not satisfied with your reply and at the earliest.
completely bewildered.and in complete exasperation
unfortunately still yourvalued customer(?)
April 2, 2002
Enclosures. Exhibit A, B, C ,D and E as stated above.
The Exhibits have not been scanned but their veracity is certified by me and has of course been agreed to by
Copies-Managing Director- Mr.Aditya Puri
Chairman- Mr.Jagdish Capoor and
Mr Deepak Parekh –Chairman HDFC Group.
PS.: Telebanking would have been of no help because of obvious reasons
The above letter was delivered and acknowledged by the Branch Manager after completely
understanding the issues at 1.05 P.M.
AT 6.OO P.M. ON APRIL 2ND 2002 I AM INFORMED THAT MY BALANCE IS
INDEED RS 50,000/- !!!!!
ANOTHER SHOCK FROM HDFC BANK ON 11TH APRIL 2002 –THEY SEND MEA
BALANCE CONFIRMATION REQUEST SHOWING THE BALANCE AS RS 5,000/- AS
AT 31STMARCH 2002 AND STATING EMPHATICALLY THAT IF THE BALANCE IS
NOT CONFIRMED WITHIN 30 DAYS THE BALANCE SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO
BE CORRECT !!!!!!!!!THE ENVELOPE OR THE ENCLOSED LETER AND
PAMPHLET DO NOT BEAR ANY ADDRESS BUT DO STATE AN EMAIL
ADDRESS firstname.lastname@example.org -I IMMEDIATELY RESPOND ON APRIL
11TH 2002 ITSELF AND AGAIN ON APRIL 18TH 2002 .I ALSO INFORM MY BRANCH
MANAGER ON TELEPHONE .
COPIES OF E MAIL DATED APRIL 18TH AND APRIL 11TH 2002 SENT TO HDFC
BANK ADDRESS email@example.com BOTH STILL UNANSWERED TILL
As expected I never received any response to my email dated April 11 2002.The email is given below for your ready
reference again .
----- Original Message -----
From: Rajesh Rampal
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 3:54 PM
Subject: Statement of Accounts-1581000011229 customer id 2544882
Thank you for yourstatement of account which is totally incorrect as at 31st March 2002.I am replying since you
state "contents of this statement will be considered correct if no error is reported within 30 days of receipt of
I hope you have the correct balance as at 31st March 2002 by now.
Will you be really delighted to get some suggestions ?
COPY OF LETTER SENT BY E MAIL TO MANAGING DIRECTOR
WITH A COPY TO CHAIRMAN ON 18TH
APRIL 2002 –STILL
UNANSWERED TILL JUNE 2,2002
----- Original Message -----
From: Rajesh Rampal
Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2002 2:45 PM
Subject: Customer Feedback-Hands on Approach
57 Vaishali Pitampura
firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
April 18th 2002.
Mr. Aditya Puri
Subject –Customer Feedback
Congratulations for the excellent results posted by your Bank for the year ended 31st March 2002.
In its endeavour to promote profits and to expand the customer base the Bank has lost touch with its basic
claim ‘We understand your world’. A Bank has to be careful with its customer’s money and recording such
transactions as even one mistake can ruin careers, cause immense hardships and even loss of life. Trust and
faith is the basic relationship that bind a customer and a Bank.
Based on my first transaction experience with HDFC Bank and two other Account holders’ experience I wish
to bring to your kind notice the following salient points relating to your Bank’s functioning
Internal controls and Checks are lacking.
Operations maybe ISO 9001-2000 certified but is worse than any Bank.
Corrective action on system failure seems to lack.
Communication gaps are extremely wide within the Bank.
Year Closing is just a formality.
Employees are complacent and not proactive.
Responsiveness to written communication is absent (even internet).
Employees perception of Management’s Mission or Vision goals is lacking.
Employee’s knowledge of Banks products is superficial- Inexperienced staff.
Even senior staff does not comprehend the business of Banking.
Corrective action on these weak areas would go a long way in strengthening the Banks Systems Control and
procedures . Employee training is another very weak area. Please refer below this
letter or to www.geocities.com/rampalr1/HDFCBank.doc for details of my first transaction with HDFC Bank.
The exhibits are not there but their veracity has been checked .
I am planning to visit Mumbai from 24th April 2002 for two days and would like to apprise you personally on
these issues since I feel this is just the tip of the iceberg and needs prompt corrective action .I am sure you will
respond positively and spare some minutes of your valuable time to interact on these issues .
I do look forward to a long term and positive relationship with the Bank.
P.S. –I have worked with DCM Ltd.(1980-86), GKN Invel Transmissions Ltd. –a GKN plc co(1986-1989),
Insilco Ltd. –DegussaA.G. of F.R.G. Co.(1989-1991), Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd(1991-1996) and a stint abroad.
HDFC BANK SENDS IN A LETTER ASSURING MINIMISING (!!!!) OF SUCH
INSTANCES ON MAY 7TH 2002 .HOWEVER SEVERAL ISSUES RAISED IN MY
LETTER DATED APRIL 2ND 2002 REMAIN UNANSWERED .
HDFC Bank .Ltd.
Hindustan Times House
5th Floor ,18-20 K.G.Marg
New Delhi –110001
4th May 2002
Mr Rajesh Rampal
This is with reference to your letter dated April 02,2002 and the subsequent visit to your
residence at 57 Vaishali ,Pitampura Delhi on April 02, 2002 regarding the problems faced
At the outset, we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to you. We
have credited your account (no 1581000011229) with Rs 45,000 with a
transaction date of March 21,2002.
We have noted your valuable feedback and would like to assure you that we are
taking adequate measures to ensure the instances mentioned above are minimised. Once
again we are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused to you and thank you for your
Regional Business Manager