In an embarrassing development, a cheque for Rs 1 lakh awarded to an Uttar Pradesh rank-holder has bounced with the student in question being made to pay a penalty for the dishonoured cheque.
Alok Mishra had secured 93.5% marks in the recently announced UP Secondary Education Board exam results. A student of High School in Young Stream Inter College in Barabanki district, he had also secured 7th rank in the whole of Uttar Pradesh. On 29 May, he was felicitated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who also presented Mishra a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to recognise his hard work and achievement.
A report by News18 said that the cheque had the signature of District Inspector of Schools, Barabanki, Raj Kumar Yadav and belonged to State Bank of India departmental account. The cheque numbered 974926 was then submitted by Alok’s parents in his account in Dena Bank in Hazratganj area of Lucknow on 5 June 2018, added the report.
However, when the money wasn’t credited into Mishra’s account, he contacted the bank, which said that the cheque had bounced. “I was really happy to receive the cheque from CM sir. Two days after submitting the cheque in the bank, we came to know that it had bounced after which I was a little disappointed,” Mishra was quoted by PTI.
The reason explained by the bank was that they had detected a mismatch in the signatures. DIOS, Raj Kumar Yadav said, “The reason for cheque bouncing has been told as mismatch of signature. However, no other student has come up with a similar complaint as of now. New cheque has been issued to the student.”
When contacted, Yadav told the news agency that the student was given another cheque and the matter had been resolved. No other student had come up with a similar complaint, he added.
Terming the matter “serious”, District Magistrate Uday Bhanu Tripathi said action would be taken if any laxity was found.