The demonetisation of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 notes has created quite a buzz in the country. But in Kerala, the government itself took out a day-long protest against the Centre’s decision. Kerala has been among the States where there is a strong flow of counterfeit currency in the economy. This can be verified by the sharp increase in cases related to counterfeit currency in the recent years. The State police reportedly seized fake currency worth around Rs. 8-9 lakh in the first half of this year itself. A startling revelation from the NIA, which was investigating eight of these cases, has pointed to the involvement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in smuggling counterfeit currency to Kerala.
The agency reported that the fake Indian currency circulated in the State was printed at Quetta district in Pakistan, with the aid of Inter-Services Intelligence, and made its way to Kerala through the Middle East and Bangladesh. The NIA submitted a report on the same to the NIA Ernakulam Court, in which it revealed that Dawood’s brother Anees Ibrahim and his close friend Aftaf Bhatkal were responsible for the racket. They helped Tahir Taklya, an accused in the 1993 Bombay blast case, to smuggle the fakes notes into Kerala.
According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the NIA made these submissions on the remand report of Tahir, who is also the main accused in the Taliparamba counterfeit smuggling case.