Six people accused of circulating fake Indian currency in Madhya Pradesh were sentenced to life imprisonment and slapped with a fine of Rs 15,000 each by a local court. Additional sessions judge Harishchandra Tiwari pronounced the sentence on Wednesday.
The convicts include Rajendra Shah, a resident of Betia in Bihar, who used to bring fake currency from Bihar and circulate it in MP.
The other convicts include Naresh Prasad alias Mukhtar, Hafiz Rauf, Shabbir Sheikh, Bhikhari Mukhia and Ramnarayan Parmar. One more accused Qamruddin escaped from police custody during the trial.
According to police, special task force (STF) arrested three people from Khardone village in Sehore district on January 22, 2010 and recovered fake currency with a face value of Rs 2.23 lakh from their possession.
During interrogation, one of the arrested persons, Rajendra Shah, revealed to the police that he brought the fake currency from Bihar. Later, police arrested Hafiz Rauf and Shabbir from Shajapur district.