Counterfeit currency found in RBI safe in Lucknow, FIR was deposited
A fake Indian currency, with a face value of 47,710 rupees, was found in the vault of the Reserve Bank of India during an audit in Lucknow.
RBI Deputy Director Satyavir Singh lodged a complaint with the Mahanagar Police Department over the recovery of 454 counterfeit banknotes during banknote verification.
“These counterfeit bills included one Rs 10 rupee note, 18 Rs 50 bills, 443 Rs 100 bills, one each of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000,” he told the FIR.
Singh wrote to officials to verify and initiate legal action before returning the notes to the RBI.
He stated that circulating / printing counterfeit currency was a serious crime. He added that the police may send the counterfeit currency to the currency printing press or forensic lab while the case is investigated.
Station official Mahanagar Dinesh Chandra Mishra said an FIR accused of using counterfeit or forged banknotes or banknotes as genuine had been filed.
Last year 44 counterfeit Rs 20 and Rs 100 notes were found in April-May during RBI verification.
In 2020, the Reserve Bank of India had filed an FIR indicating that Rs 1.5 crore in demonetized currency was found in the bank vault deposited by various state banks between October 2017 and March 2018.