Cops asked to give NIA some fake currency notes seized by it

Cops asked to give NIA some fake currency notes seized by it

The Delhi Police was today asked by a court here to provide some samples of the fake currency notes with equivalent value of Rs 6 crore seized by it early this month to the National Investigation Agency which busted a similar case in Hyderabad.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav directed DCP Special Cell to hand over five notes each of denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 to the NIA after their due identification.

The court gave its order on a plea by the NIA plea seeking samples of the Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), seized by the Special Cell, to ascertain if the counterfeit currency rackets, unearthed by the two agencies, had any link.

The NIA sought the samples so as to enable it probe into modules and people involved in another gang it had busted in Hyderabad and which allegedly circulated Pakistan-made fake Indian currency notes.

The NIA told the court that it wanted to ascertain if the currency seized by it was similar to the one seized by the Special Cell of Delhi Police and therefore wanted to test the paper and ink used in it and the mode and quality of printing.

CMM Yadav directed the Special Cell DCP to provide the samples to the central agency which would return the notes to the Delhi Police along with its report.

The NIA had early this month claimed to have busted a gang which circulated FICN with the arrest of 10 persons.

The NIA sleuths in Hyderabad had claimed the gang acted at the behest of terror outfits out to destabilise the country's economy through circulation of fake currency notes printed in Pakistan and smuggled into India for their circulation to generate money for terrorist activities.

The NIA also told the court that there are 22 accused in the case, of whom 10 have already been arrested, and it is probing the modules and people involved in smuggling the fake currency.

Over a week after the NIA busted the gang, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had seized over the fake currency notes at Dabri here in one of the biggest seizures of the counterfeit currency notes in the country.

Four people are in police custody in connection with the seizure.

Meanwhile, the fifth person, arrested in the case, was today remanded to two-day police custody by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi.

Mohammad Rafiq (27), was arrested on Friday from Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir and is alleged to be the main conduit who took deliveries of fake currency from Pakistan borders and supplied it to various dealers.

Rafiq's brother Ghulam Ahmed is already in police custody in the case.