Millions of Indians are busy exchanging old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes for the new ones launched in long queues but a Dubai-Based Indian entrepreneur was seen boasting Rs. 1,60,000 worth of new notes of Rs. 2000 denomination. The sudden ban of the notes has forced people to take extreme steps to ensure the wallets do not dry up.
Millions of Indians can be seen standing in long queues for endless hours and watching the counters closing right before their eyes but M.K. Latheef a native of Kozhikode district in Kerala was seen boasting Rs. 1,60,000 worth of newly released Rs. 2000 notes. Latheef is a native of Kerala and has a hobby and admitted that he got the money through his friends in India. The Dubai-based entrepreneur said, “Yes, I got it from various places – New Delhi, Mumbai, districts of Kerala among others. I had gone to Kerala for another work and didn’t waste chance to pocket the new Rs 2,000 notes. I have got many friends all over India.”
Latheef also explained that each of his friends carried Rs. 25,000 and helped him get Rs, 1,60,000. Like people have a hobby of stamp collection, Latheef has an obsession of currency collection. The NRI has a collection of notes with serial number that make the birth dates of friends, celebrities and politicians. The new Indian currency has six digit number and is perfect to mark the birth date with the format dd/dd/yy.
Latheef has notes that mark the birthdays of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former CM of Kerala Oomen Chandy, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, singer Yesudas, author Chetan Bhagat, actors Mammootty and other popular personalities. A few days back, Latheef had presented one to congress leader Shashi Tharoor.
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