FICN case: NIA zeroes in on two Keralites

Published: 14th March 2013 08:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2013 08:11 AM   |  A+A-

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has zeroed in on the roles of two Keralites in the Thaliparamba Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) case, in which Aboobacker Haji alias Masthigooda Aboobacker is the prime accused.

NIA has implicated Shihab and Shereef as the sixth and seventh accused in the case, respectively. The duo are absconding and the NIA special Court has issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against them, which could not be served.

NIA returned the NBW and the investigating officer made an application to the Court for taking proceedings under Sections 82 and 83 of the Criminal Procedure Code to compel the appearance of the accused and seek permission to attach the property owned by the accused.

During the investigation, NIA had got hold of hard evidences against the two, sources said. The involvement of the accused was established, based on a statement made by Aboobacker and the confessional statement made by the first accused Pradeepkumar.

 The accused were involved in the distribution of counterfeit currency notes in Kasargod and Kannur districts.

Once the duo is booked, the number of accused will go up to 7. Aboobackar was nabbed by the NIA only recently and the fifth accused Shanavas, from Thrissur, is lodged in a Mysore jail. Shanavas was arrested by Mandy police while he was circulating counterfeit currencies with a facevalue of `1 lakh in Karnataka.

 The seven accused have international connections, the NIA said. VP Pradeep Kumar of Cheruthazham, Kannur, L Kamal Ummar alias Kamal Haji of Hosdurg, Kasargod and M P Ashish of Mele Chovva, Kannur are the first three accused.

The state police seized fake currency in the `1,000-note denomination, with a facevalue of `8,96,000 on September 18, 2011. The NIA has initiated steps to make Pradeep as approver in the case.

According to the NIA, Aboobacker Haji is the kingpin behind the Gulf-based counterfeit racket. Pradeep had deposed that one container full of FICN was in possession of Aboobacker. Pradeep also visited  Dubai on August 10, 2011, for verifying the quality of the currency notes, NIA said.


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