Ulhasnagar businessman photo with a bundle of Rs. 2,000 notes goes viral

Updated: Nov 22, 2016, 12:39 IST | Faisal Tandel |

Ulhasnagar businessman who has managed to procure a stack of Rs 2,000 has raised doubts whether demonetisation is really going to solve the problem of illegal money

‘It’s my photo, but not my money’
Dheeraj Chanchalani with the wad of Rs. 2,000 notes. PIC/Navneet Barhate

Even as Mumbaikars are being forced to wait in long queues at ATMs to get hold of the new Rs. 2,000 note, an Ulhasnagar businessman who has managed to procure a stack of the freshly-minted currency, has irked many and raised doubts over whether demonetisation is really going to solve the problem of illegal money.

A photograph of a businessman, identified as Dheeraj Chanchalani (26), showing off a wad of Rs. 2,000 currency notes, has been going viral on WhatsApp and other social networking sites since the last two days. Social media users have been sharing the photograph, demanding that the government authorities or RBI investigate the matter immediately. "How did the bank allot him so many currency notes? The bank manager should also be included in the probe," one user said.

Dheeraj Chanchalani

When mid-day contacted Chanchalani and questioned him about it, he claimed that they weren’t his notes. Rubbishing rumours of having procured illegal money, Chanchalani said that he borrowed the new notes from family and friends so that he could pose with them. "I have been extremely disturbed after the pictures went viral. It was not a bundle, but 37 new notes. I have a joint family with more than 20 family members residing together, and I took the notes from them," said Chanchalani, who owns two flour mills.  

Sources said that Chanchalani is a close relative of Jaya Makhija, corporator from Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and wife of BJP state president Prakash Makhija. "Yes I know the corporator as we are relatives. But, I am not into any illegal business. I myself stood in the queue to withdraw cash."

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