Lucknow, June 9: Alok Mishra, one of the UP Board Class 10 toppers had to pay a penalty for a bounced cheque of Rs 1 lakh, awarded to him by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Alok, a student of High School in Young Stream Inter College in Barabanki district scored 93.5 per cent in his UP Board high school exams and secured the seventh rank overall in the state. On May 29, he was called to Lucknow, where CM Yogi presented him a cheque of Rs 1 lakh for his hard work.

The cheque given to Alok was of State Bank of India (SBI) departmental account and was submitted by Alok’s parents in his Dena Bank account on June 5. However, when the money did not get credited to Alok’s account, he approached the bank and learned that the cheque had bounced.

Alok told a news channel, “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.” The bank said that the cheque bounced due to mismatch of signatures. However, a new cheque has been issued to the student now.

District Magistrate Barabanki, Uday Bhanu Tripathi told the news channel that if any laxity is shown, then the action would be taken. “The matter is related to the CM and should have been taken seriously.”