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Fake notes from SBI ATM: Centre to probe matter

The government will investigate reports of an SBI ATM in South Delhi dispensing fake Rs 2,000 notes and will take all possible steps to control generation of counterfeit currency, a senior minister said on Thursday.

Minister of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar said the government is not perturbed by the stray incident of fake 2,000 rupee notes bearing 'Children Bank of India' being dispensed from a State Bank of India ATM in South Delhi's Sangam Vihar.

"The government will investigate the matter. Fake currency should not come out of ATM. If there are reports in newspapers, then it will be investigated," he told reporters here.

On Wednesday, SBI, the nation's largest lender, had stated that "the possibility of fake notes from the bank's ATMs is very remote" and it "suspects involvement of some miscreants with mischievous intent".

"The government is taking measures to control fake currency generation. Some people are trying to create problem in the country. We will be able to say (who they are) only after investigation," Gangwar said.

He said SBI's claim of fake currency being introduced during transportation of bank notes by third parties will be investigated.

The government, the minister said, is not worried by the stray incident, but will investigate the matter fully.
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