A Delhi court has acquitted a 67-year-old man, suspected member of Dawood Ibrahim gang who was arrested four years ago for allegedly possessing fake currency, while criticising the elite Special Cell of Delhi police for its handling of the case.
"It is one thing to crack a case and apprehend a person on suspicion that he is associated with some notorious gang or kingpin in circulation of fake currency notes in India. "But it is altogether a different story to prove such things in court where prosecution miserably fails to satisfy the requisite legal standards," the Additional Sessions Judge said.
The court absolved Kamal Kishore Chaddha, who was detained in Mumbai on suspicion of working for Dawood gang and brought to the capital in 2005, of the charges of being in possession of fake currency under Section 489C of the IPC.
"I have serious reservation in the manner in which the accused was kept in custody by Mumbai police and then by Delhi police.... No intimation was given to any family member or friend of the accused during his detention or even after formal arrest," the judge said.
The elite Special Cell of Delhi police, which had allegedly recovered fake currency notes of Rs 1,000 denomination with the face value of Rs two lakh from Chaddha's Defence Colony residence at South Delhi in March, 2005, came in for strong critcism from the court.