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Ghaziabad resident gets misprinted Rs 2,000 note from PNB ATM

A Ghaziabad resident got a misprinted Rs2,000 note from a Punjab National Bank (PNB) ATM in Sanjay Nagar on Thursday morning. He filed a complaint with the police and the bank officials. Harshit Bhardwaj, a book publisher, had withdrawn Rs10,000 from the PNB ATM in P-block of Sanjay Nagar. He said that he discovered the misprint went he was making a business transaction.

noida Updated: Mar 30, 2017 21:01 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Harshit Bhardwaj, a book publisher, had withdrawn Rs10,000 from the PNB ATM in P-block of Sanjay Nagar.
Harshit Bhardwaj, a book publisher, had withdrawn Rs10,000 from the PNB ATM in P-block of Sanjay Nagar.

A Ghaziabad resident got a misprinted Rs2,000 note from a Punjab National Bank (PNB) ATM in Sanjay Nagar on Thursday morning. He filed a complaint with the police and the bank officials.

Harshit Bhardwaj, a book publisher, had withdrawn Rs10,000 from the PNB ATM in P-block of Sanjay Nagar. He said that he discovered the misprint went he was making a business transaction.

“I was surprised that one of the notes in the series was misprinted. It seems that the sheet of paper was not cut properly and it resulted in a misprint. I immediately went to the bank and asked the staff to exchange the note, but they asked me to fill in an application and then told me that there was no mistake on their part. They said that further action would be taken by senior officials,” Bhardwaj said.

The sheet on which the note was printed was not cut properly, the complainant said.

“I told them it was one note among a series that I had withdrawn from the ATM and I had the other notes in my possession too, but they still refused. Gauging the seriousness of the issue, I also filed a complaint at the local police post. After some time, the branch manager called me up and offered to exchange the note but I declined as it would be a part of the investigation. The note is with me at present,” he said.

The branch manager, Uma Shankar Singhal, said that the cash is loaded into the ATM by a third party. “It seems that there was a misprinting issue. We have informed the agency (which loads the cash) and have also called up the customer to discuss the issue. The note will be exchanged once the issue surrounding it is clarified,” Singhal said.

The new currency notes of Rs500 and Rs2,000 denominations were issued after the government announced demonetisation of higher value notes last November. It was discovered that some of the new notes also had a shadow of Mahatma Gandhi’s face besides his photograph, while some others had uneven borders or borders of varying size and shade.

On the confusion over the design and shades on the notes, Reserve Bank of India officials had clarified that the new Rs500 and Rs2000 were valid legal tender.