Alleging discrepancies in new Rs 500, Rs 2000 notes, Congress says India’s credibility ‘jeopardized’

The Congress added that it was important to note that the currency notes were not counterfeit since they were all printed under the aegis of RBI and the Ministry of Finance, incorporating most of the security features published on the official website of RBI.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2017 3:59 pm
Congress, Kapil Sibal, Demonetisation, Note discrepancies Congress leader Kapil Sibal talks to media during the ongoing monsoon session at Parliament. (PTI Photo/File)

The Congress on Tuesday targeted the government over alleged discrepancies in the new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes introduced post demonetisation. Claiming the two different types of currency notes have been printed, consisting of different sizes and designs, the party asked the government to reveal where it was printed. It added that the difference in size “jeopardizes” the credibility of India’s currency and has “huge” global ramifications.

“We ask the question, where were these series of currency notes printed? It is presumed that the dye for printing can only be of one size. Therefore, where were the dyes of different sizes prepared for the purpose of printing the currency notes, whether within or outside the country?” Sibal questioned.

(Images as released by AICC)

In a statement, the party said the objectives of demonetisation mentioned by the Prime Minister have not been achieved. “We have been trying since November 2016 to figure out the real motive behind the sudden and secret move of the government,” it said.

It added, “It is important to note that these notes are not counterfeit since they are all printed under the aegis of RBI and/or the Ministry of Finance, incorporating most of the security features published on the official website of RBI.”

The Congress alleged discrepancies in the two Rs 500 notes printed including the length — in the image alongside, the 2CL 171088 note above is 151.5 mm while the 3NB 885514 note below is 150 mm. Other differences alleged include the size of the borders, the colours of the note, the Ashoka pillar emblem, the location of the guarantee clause etc.

In the images of the Rs 2000 notes, the party alleged the length of the two notes differed — 6AH 299470 is 167 mm while 4BL 737797 is 166 mm. Apart from this the border sizes are allegedly different, the words ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ below the portrait are in different shades, and the Ashoka emblem is differently placed.

(Images as released by AICC)

Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha was adjourned six times on Tuesday after the Opposition raised the issue as the “biggest scam of the century”. Opposition leaders including TMC’s Derek O’Brien and JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav backed the Congress’ charge.
Contesting the Opposition’s claims, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked Opposition members to explain where they got the currency notes from.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was shown the notes by TMC’s Derek O’Brien said the Zero Hour was being misused by the Opposition. He added that there is no provision for MPs to “flash any paper and say it is point of order.

(With inputs from agencies)

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    Al S
    Aug 9, 2017 at 12:14 am
    The MP's are responding to woes of Indian citizens. MP's owe their power to Indian citizens. The RBI Governor does not respond to the woes of Indian citizens. RBI Governor owes his power to BJP.
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      Sayed
      Aug 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm
      Right, BJP seems to be an incompetent Jumlabaaz government, it failed to take any step on it's own just following schemes of UPA i.e. Aadhaar, GST, RTI, RTE, Swachh Bharat, Make in India etc etc. Corruption and crime is at it's height. Even in international market prices of oil are 3 times low but in India they are still high.
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      yash sehgal
      Aug 9, 2017 at 12:09 am
      Whether we support or oppose Modi but two pertinent questios remain. How much black money was unearthed by DeMo n jow india has bene ed by this. Secondly, the already suppressed n destroyed trade is going to be bene ed by GST which is so complicated n cumbersome. Bcz so many questions remain unanswered, so doubts naturally arise on BJP's intention.
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        Sam
        Aug 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm
        The notes given above are different. However, we don't know if these notes are genuine. If people are noticing these different type of notes being disposed by banks/ATMs, why not first complain to RBI, give them evidence and give them time to validate and come back with a response. If the response is both the notes are valid, then bring up the issue in LS or RS. Raising the issue in parliament without doing the home work is waste of tax payers money.
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          A. M.
          Aug 9, 2017 at 12:04 am
          Because RBI governor has sold his soul to the devil sanghis.
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          Indian Observer
          Aug 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm
          The Govt. who denied the citizens the right to their rightfully owned money, is a traitor and has no credibility in the eyes of citizens.
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            Shafted mohammed
            Aug 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm
            India should credibility was jeopardized when there were so so many scams and it is you who said that no money could have been earned from 2G auction. So please don't justify this poor logic which no one would buy as you all looted the country.
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              Manikantan
              Aug 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm
              How long BJP can escape responsibility just by abusing the Oppns credibility. Agreed that Cong looted the nation, does it mean to say that BJP has the right to loot. Right from the day 1 of DeMo, I have been observing you never answer the question, just escape just by abusing the OPPN. The question is simple, you can have only one die to print notes of one denomination, then how come there is two different sizes and design, there is something extremely fishy about it. BJP, Modi should answer this, else he is as good as Congress. Please accept it.
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              bably
              Aug 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm
              it will be impossible for pakis or anybody to handle the amount ,if we only have no currency more then 500.
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                bably
                Aug 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm
                it s time to stop black money, now it is good time to finish with 2000 rs currency.
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                  ASHOK
                  Aug 8, 2017 at 9:15 pm
                  Now even pak istani can pass off there counterfeit notes as genuine and misprint These RSS and Pa kistanis will destroy India
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