Police are still looking for leads to trace the origin of fake currency notes found by the employees of a private medical college in the salary paid to them. On Sunday, police made enquiries with the cashier and accounts manager of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute.
According to police sources, officials of the college told the police that they received the money under various heads, as admission fee from the first year students, course fee from the existing students, hostel and mess fee in addition to the hospital charges and lab charges from the patients.
Police said the officials could not identify the head under which they received the fake notes. However, the investigations will continue to trace the origin, police sources added.
Kirumampakkam inspector Mohan Kumar said the number of fake currencies, which were given away, could not be found out because of the holidays which came after the salary disbursement. The employees, nearly 350, who received salaries were alerted. As of now, 115 fake notes in the denomination of Rs 500 were found, which were returned by employees, he added.
The exact number of fake currency would be known only after all the employees who received the salary payment return to work on Monday, the inspector said.
It may be recalled that fake notes were noticed in the cash given to shops by the employees of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute. Soon after this, employees returned the money and the hospital authorities filed a complaint with the police.
This is not the first instance in which fake notes were found in Puducherry. In June, 2012, Mahe police had arrested Thajudeen, a resident of Kannur in Kerala, and seized fake currency of Rs 1.82 lakh from him. Four more persons - Ferose, Sulaf, Ummer and Rayees were arrested in connection with the seizure. The case was handed over to CID wing of the Puducherry Police.Earlier, in January 2012, Gorimedu Police had arrested a Jharkhand resident, Mohammed Ismail Sheik and seized fake notes with a face value of Rs 1,90,500 from him.