25/09/2016 9:14 AM IST | Updated 25/09/2016 9:05 PM IST

Refuse ₹10 Coin In Uttar Pradesh, And You May Just Get Slapped With Sedition

Never say 'never' to Rs 10 coin.

Ten rupee coin of Indian currency lying on top of other coins.

For the past couple of months, several districts in Uttar Pradesh have been hit by rumours that the Rs 10 coin is no longer a legal tender, thanks to a WhatsApp forward. Naturally, many stopped accepting it.

The announcements by the administration and banks that the coin, introduced in 2010, was very much in circulation, didn't seem to work either.

But, things may change soon.

Now, the district magistrate of Pilibhit has said anybody refusing to accept the currency could be charged with sedition, reports Times Of India.

"The Rs 10 coin is a national currency and no one has the right to refuse it as the government of India promises to pay the value of the currency to the bearer. According to RBI rules, those who refuse to accept the Indian currency can be liable for action under section 124A (sedition) of IPC. And we will strictly enforce it," Masoom Ali Sarwar, district magistrate, said at a press conference.

So, you know what not to do now. Never say 'no' to a Rs 10 coin.

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