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Fake notes received from European tourists at airport

In what could just be a tip of a fake Indian currency racket spread across Europe, immigration authorities claimed to have received nine fake notes from two Luxembourg nationals at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Faizan Haider reports.

delhi Updated: Jul 22, 2012 00:37 IST
Faizan Haider

In what could just be a tip of a fake Indian currency racket spread across Europe, immigration authorities claimed to have received nine fake notes from two Luxembourg nationals at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The two women, who had a child with them, had reportedly paid the money to immigration officials for ‘on arrival visa’ on July 14. The nine Rs 1,000 notes were later found to be fake when an official went to deposit the money at the State bank of India counter inside the terminal.

"During scrutiny, the bank employee found that the notes were fake and officers from the immigration section were immediately called. They checked the CCTV footage to see which officer had received the money," said an immigration official.

The officer, who had talked to the women, said they had got a 16 day visa. He said that the women told him that they had exchanged the currency at the Luxembourg airport.

Delhi Police, who have now been asked to investigate the matter, have termed the case serious as foreigners were in possession of fake currency even before they arrived in India.

"Passengers coming from Europe have managed to get fake Indian currency there suggest that it is easily available there," a senior police officer said. The notes have been sent to Reserve Bank of India for further scrutiny.

Police are, meanwhile, tracking the movement of the two foreigners with the help of immigration authority and are likely to arrest them.

"We have their passport details and on the basis of that, airports across the country have been alerted. Their visa will expire on July 29," the officer further said.