UP police asks for CBI probe in SBI fake currency scam

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Lucknow, Aug 8 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh police tonight asked the state government for a CBI probe into the country's one of the largest fake currency scam that came to light at the State Bank of India's Domariyaganj chest in Siddharthnagar, where till now over Rs 1.58 crore notes have been detected as fake.

According to sources, state Director General of Police (DGP) Vikram Singh has demanded the CBI probe into the racket.

The senior police officers have even moved the file, seeking investigation by CBI, to the state government.

Meanwhile, currency worth Rs 33.38 lakh were found fake in today's counting, which was still underway, taking the total amount of fake note nearing Rs 1.58 crore so far.

Earlier in the evening, State Additional Director General of Police (ADG) (law and order) Brijlal had told reporters that the process for recommending the case to the CBI by the police headquarters was under consideration.

He had said that a team of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by a Superintendent of Police (SP) would reach Domariaganj in Siddharthnagar district tonight, where they would start their investigation.

The ADG had said the interrogation of the prime accused and SBI cashier Sudhakar and another culprit Abid was inconclusive and police might ask the court for long police remand. Yesterday, the court had allowed nine hour interrogation of the duo in the presence of their counsels.

Though he did not confirm whether Sudhakar had admitted that he had only mixed Rs 1.50 crore in the SBI chest, the ADG said that till yesterday Rs 2.40 crore currency were counted in which Rs 1.25 crore were found fake.

Meanwhile, the has convened a bankers meet here on August 12.

Mr Brijlal had said the agenda of the discussions with the senior executives of public sector and private banks and financial institutions would be how to counter the fake currency menance.

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