U.S. regulators who are concluding stress tests on banks may remove Citigroup Inc
The regulators may have to take such a step to show the government is taking as strong a stand on banks as it did with General Motors Corp
Citigroup finance director Ned Kelly told the paper in an interview: Replacing (Pandit) would be dramatically destabilizing both for Citi and the system.
Our recent quarterly results reveal the underlying strength of the franchise and Vikram Pandit's strategy at work to restore Citi to profitability, a Citigroup spokeswoman told the paper.
A Citigroup spokesman in Hong Kong declined to comment on the report.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's visit to Citigroup's offices a week and a half ago was simply to conduct a check-up on the bank, the paper said, citing people familiar with the meeting.
(Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore; Editing by Dan Lalor)