Bengaluru: Integrity, honesty and sincerity are values you can’t relinquish. 

In a heartening story, a 22-year-old youth from Uttar Pradesh promptly returned a humongous sum of Rs 90,000 to its owner. 

He had found it in a heap of clothes he had brought to iron. 

The youth is Sonu Kannaujia. 

Once he found it, he met its own, 42-year-old Ajay Gupta, a businessman, Times of India reports. 

Impressed with his honesty, Gupta rewarded him with Rs 1000 and a box of sweets. 
“People here give us respect. We cannot lose respect for some money. Everyone helped us when we were affected by lockdown. My god possibly tried to test me, but I didn’t flinch. My family members are happy with the sweets and the money that was given to us as a reward,” he told ToI. 

Gupta had kept this money to give it to another businessman but had accidentally kept it in the clothes and blissfully forgotten it. 

When he realised, he rushed to Sonu’s shop to ask for it. And Sonu was waiting for him with a broad smile. 

“To be honest, I had thought that the money was lost because there was no way to prove that the money was there in the bag. But Kannaujia displayed rare honesty and returned my money. It was wrapped in the paper and not a single note was missing. He told me that he didn’t have my phone number so he couldn’t call me to inform me about it,” Gupta was quoted as saying by the website. 

Vicky Shukla, a local resident, said, “Local businessmen have decided to felicitate Kannaujia in a separate function soon and we will reward him for his honesty. This incident is really an exemplary example of honesty.”

Kudos Sonu for this act of honesty!