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Fake Indian currency racket trail now reaches Luxembourg

Delhi Police's counterparts in Luxembourg are now investigating the case of fake Indian currency that is in circulation in Europe. Faizan Haider reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 31, 2012 00:59 IST
Faizan Haider

Delhi Police's counterparts in Luxembourg are now investigating the case of fake Indian currency that is in circulation in Europe.

After nine fake notes were recovered from two Luxembourg nationals at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) last month, Delhi Police had written to the authorities there. A separate case has been lodged there.

"They have assured us that they will get to the root of the problem. The Luxembourg nationals had told us that these notes were exchanged at the airport there. Our main cause of concern was how the fake currency travelled," a senior police officer, on condition of anoynimity, shared.

The two Luxembourg nationals had paid the money to immigration officials for an on arrival visa.

Later when the official had gone to deposit the money, the bank official declared that 9 of Rs 1000 notes were fake.

"We are in touch with them and the Ministry for External Affairs (MEA) has been informed. We are also sending them the samples of the fake notes so they can spot them and discontinue their circulation in their country. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also released its report on the difference between fake and original currency," the officer added.

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The police informed that two women had given these notes to the immigration officials on July 14. The officer gave them an on arrival visa after receiving the money.

"We have busted several fake currency rackets in India but this is something new and serious. A passenger coming from a European country got fake Indian currency that is already in circulation in their nation. This suggests that it might be easily available there," the officer added.

The passports of the two foreigners were scanned and their movement was tracked. They were even stopped for interrogation when they were leaving India.

"They were given a visa for a period of 16 days which expired on July 29. Further investigation revealed that they had a return ticket booked with Jet airways on July 27. On the 27, their statement was taken and they were allowed to leave the country after authorities in Luxemburg gave us in writing, assuring us that they'll investigate into the matter" he further said.