NIA gets custody of fake currency case kingpin - The New Indian Express

NIA gets custody of fake currency case kingpin

Published: 04th November 2012 08:46 AM

Last Updated: 04th November 2012 08:46 AM

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday produced Aboobacker Haji alias Masthigooda Aboobacker, the fourth accused in the Taliparamba counterfeit currency case, before the NIA Special Court here. The court permitted the NIA to take the accused into custody for five days.

According to the NIA, Aboobacker Haji, 56, of Akrammel House, Kadappuram, Hosdurg, Kanhangad, is the kingpin behind the Gulf-based counterfeit racket which has been operating with the assistance of the Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The other accused in the case are Pradeep Kumar of Pilathara, Kannur, Kamal Umar of Kanhangad, and M P Ashish of Chovva, Kannur, from whom the police had seized fake currency notes of `1,000 denomination to the tune of `8,96,000 on September 18, 2011.

The NIA framed charges against Aboobacker under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, 15 and 17, 489F and IPC 34. NIA Special Court Judge S Vijayakumar ordered to conduct the medical examination of the accused before taking him into custody. Similarly, medical examination will have to be conducted after five days when he will be produced before the court on November 8. The NIA sources said that they would seek extension of his custody if the interrogation would not complete in five days.

Aboobacker was nabbed from Abu Dhabi a few weeks ago after India asked for his deportation. He was deported to India on Thursday and his arrest was marked on Friday. After obtaining the transit warrant from the Delhi NIA Special Court, he was transported to Kochi, the NIA sources said.

Aboobacker has been working as a contractor in Abu Dhabi for the past 12 years. He used to travel to various West Asian countries and Pakistan to operate the racket. The counterfeit notes printed in Pakistan were smuggled to India through Dubai, Nepal and Bangladesh. The state police had arrested other three accused in the case Pradeep, Kamal and Ashish with fake currency notes padded around their waists when their car was intercepted on national highway at Kuttikkol near Taliparamba.

The NIA had taken over the investigation of the case from the Taliparamba police on December 3 after international terror links were found in the case. 

The NIA came to know of Aboobacker’s involvement in the case during the interrogation of the other three accused.

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