At a time when many people are struggling to withdraw cash, a State Bank of India ATM in South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar dispensed fake Rs 2,000 notes. The notes, which could be passed off as genuine at first glance, are replete with errors and seem to be a prank at people’s expense.
A call centre employee who had gone to withdraw Rs 8,000 from an SBI ATM in Sangam Vihar was in for a shock when the Rs 2000 notes from the machine bore the mark of "Children Bank of India".
He had visited the SBI ATM at around 7.45pm on February 6 to withdraw Rs 8,000. But he noticed that all the notes were fake.
The notes, dispensed read ‘Children Bank of India’ in place of Reserve Bank of India and ‘Guaranteed by the Children’s Government’ in place of Guaranteed by the Central Government. ‘Churan lable’ in place of the latent image and a fake ‘PK’ logo instead of the bank’s seal, are among some of the other obvious deviations on the note.
He noticed the deliberate mistakes on the notes like ‘promise to pay the bearer two thousand coupons’ and ’Serial number 000000’ and immediately brought it to police’s notice after which a sub-inspector was sent to the ATM located at the T-Point of Tigri in Sangam Vihar.
Confirming the development, a senior police officer said that the ATM first dispensed four such Rs 2,000 notes to a customer. "We sent a sub-inspector to verify the allegations. He withdrew one Rs 2,000 note and that also turned out to be fake,” the officer said, adding that the other notes in the bundle were genuine.
Arvind Kejriwal did not pass up the chance to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a trenchant tweet, saying, "A Prime Minister who can't even produce proper notes... can he run the country? The country has become a joke."
Police said they are yet to identify the people behind this. A case of manufacturing documents resembling currency notes, using forged or counterfeit notes and of cheating has been registered at Sangam Vihar police station under IPC sections 489-b, 489-e and 420.