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Fact Check: Don’t Fall For This Morphed Image of ₹500 Note With BR Ambedkar Portrait


A picture of a ₹500 note has surfaced on Internet with BR Ambedkar’s image inscribed on it, instead of Mahatma Gandhi’s.

The post can be seen here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post, and found it to be untrue.

Scanning the official website of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issuing authority of banknotes, we failed to find any notification about the introduction of a new ₹500 note with Ambedkar’s picture. The FAQ section on the RBI website clearly states that the ‘Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series’ is the latest edition of banknotes, which were introduced in 2016, after the demonetisation of old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes.

But through the Reverse Image Search, we traced the original picture on a stock photo website Shutterstock having Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait on ₹500 note.

So, it is clear that the above picture has been photoshopped using photo-editing software to create the fake one. In fact, there is no new ₹500 note with BR Ambedkar’s picture.

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