When fake & genuine turned out to be two sides of same currency for two ITBP Head Constables

In a series of flip-flops,two Head Constables of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were first arrested for trying to deposit fake currency notes in a bank and were later released by a lower court after the alleged “fake currency” turned out to be genuine.

Written by JAPJEET DUGGAL | Chandigarh | Published: May 21, 2013 2:23 am

In a series of flip-flops,two Head Constables of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were first arrested for trying to deposit fake currency notes in a bank and were later released by a lower court after the alleged “fake currency” turned out to be genuine. In between their arrest on Friday and their release on Monday,the currency notes in question were intriguingly declared “fake” by some fake currency detecting machines and “genuine” by some others.

It all began on Friday when ITBP Head Constables Nain Singh and Amar Singh went to the State Bank of India 3BRD,Air Force station branch,to deposit a sum of Rs 3.65 lakh,the salary of the recruits,given to them by their commanding officer. The duo handed over a total cash of Rs 3.65 lakh to the cashier to be deposited in the bank. Stating that they had discovered 91 notes (of Rs 1,000 denomination each) as fake from the lot,the bank staff raised the alarm.

The bank’s branch manager called up the UT Police and alleged that the two officials had tried to cheat the bank by submitting fake currency notes. The two officials were arrested by the police. While in police custody,the ITBP men managed to call their seniors informing that they had been arrested by Chandigarh Police on charges of carrying fake notes to the bank.

Here began the series of flip-flops. As the police subjected the currency notes to a machine test in the bank,one of the machines declared the money in question as fake while another found them to be genuine. Confused,the police then decided to get the genuineness of the money verified from some other banks. Here too,a private bank,which checked those notes,stated that the money was fake while another private bank found them to be genuine.

At their wits’ end,the UT Police finally decided to rope in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) authorities to find out whether the currency notes in question were genuine or fake. The tests conducted by the RBI authorities declared all the notes as genuine.

Following this,a lower court discharged the two Head Constables.

UT Police sources said that the matter generated quite some heat with the ITBP Deputy Inspector General (DIG) calling up UT IG RP Upadhyaya saying that the money was sent by him and that his head constables had been falsely implicated.

Even as the confusion about various machines giving out different results was playing out,one of the UT Police Inspectors took out a Rs 1,000 note from his wallet and examined it in both the machines. Again,both machines showed different results.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Crime) Satbir Singh said,“Assistant General Manager,RBI,Pawan Kumar Lamba,after examining the questioned currency notes,gave his opinion that all the suspected notes are genuine.”

In order to get the two officers discharged,the duo was produced in a local court and the facts were put forth before the magistrate. The two officers were discharged from the case.

ITBP’s spokesperson Deepak Pandey said,“The SBI Branch acted in haste and got the local police involved without getting the currency notes properly checked by RBI. Our personnel had to undergo mental harassment. Since they had been arrested by the police,we also had to suspend them as an immediate measure. We are a reputed para-military force and our image has been tarnished because of this incident. We are taking up the matter with the UT Police.”

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