UP: Narco test of accused in fake currency racket

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Siddharthnagar/Lucknow, Aug 7: Police interrogating conspirators of the fake currency racket are likely to plead the Court for their narco test today, even as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to keep itself out of counting process, of the currency in the SBI Domariaganj branch, after Rs 1.25 crore of fake currency have been detected so far.

A local court in Siddharthnagar had yesterday ordered to remand Sudhakar Tripathi and Abid to police custoday for nine hours. The police is expected to ask for Narco-Anyalsis test of the culprits to get other details of their crime.

Official sources said here that after counting of currency worth Rs 1.82 crore stored in the SBI chest at Domariaganj branch, an astronomical figure of Rs 1.25 crore were detected as fake currency.

However, from the RBI has kept itself out from the counting process of the currency but has deputed an official, who will monitor the process to be taken up by the SBI officials.

A total amount of Rs 184 crore were in the chest, of which Rs 90 crore were sent by the RBI, recently. The officials claimed that Rs 90 crore sent by the RBI would not be counted as there was very little chance of any fake notes in these bundles.

RBI officials till yesterday had detected fake currency worth over Rs 66.24 lakh after counting. They have installed a modern currency sorting machine BPS-2000 to check the remaining currency.

Six people including Sudhakar Tripathi, the cashier of Domariaganj branch of SBI, had been arrested after the fake currency racket came to the fore.

During the checking of the chest, the RBI officials also found Rs 70 lakh missing from the strong room.

Meanwhile, the state police along with the RBI and SBI officials were investigating into the possibility of some fake account numbers in the branch.

During the interrogation of the accused, it was found that there were several fake accounts in the branch, where people used to deposit counterfeit currency and then they used to withdraw it from other branches of the same bank.

On July 29, STF of the Uttar Pradesh Police had held Sudhakar and seized Rs 7,21,000, including fake notes worth Rs 5,000 from his house and later requested the RBI for currency screening in the SBI branch.

On August 5, a team comprising senior RBI officials reached the bank and seized counterfeit Indian currency worth Rs 20 lakh from the branch's main chest in Siddharthnagar district.


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