The unreleased Rs 20 coin was part of a series of coins unveiled by PM Narendra Modi in March 2019
New Delhi: An employee of the government mint was caught for allegedly stealing two pieces of unreleased Rs 20 coins in Mumbai. The police are now investigating if the accused has stolen more coins and currencies from the mint earlier.
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) inspector on duty at the government mint found the Rs 20 coins in the employee's locker in presence of two eyewitnesses.
The accused has been identified as R Chabukswar and has been booked under Section 381 of the Indian Penal Code. If found guilty, he may face a maximum jail term of 7 years.
Police while speaking to the media on the incident said that Chabukswar hid the Rs 20 coins in his locker but it was impossible for him to smuggle the coins out of the mint as all employees working in the mint are checked by CISF while entering and exiting the premises.
However, the accused is yet to be arrested by the police due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the country. He has been sent a notice by the police to cooperate in the ongoing investigation.
The unreleased Rs 20 coin was part of a series of coins unveiled by PM Narendra Modi in March 2019 and was scheduled to be released to public by April 2020 but was delayed due to the ongoing pandemic in India.