A 75-year-old woman arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle in fake Indian currency from Pakistan has been denied bail by a court in New Delhi which noted that the accused was a "serious economic offender".
"The accused has engaged in the activity of jeopardising the economy and security of the country and I find no ground to intervene," Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Kamini Lau said while refusing to grant relief to Liaqan.
The ACMM, in a recent order, also observed that in cases of recovery of fake currency, it was presumed under the law that the accused had knowledge of it and Liaqan prima facie failed to counter the presumption.
"Liaqan herself has said that even earlier she had gone to Pakistan on four occasions from where she has been bringing various articles," the court said, acceding to the prosecution's plea that the probability of her having smuggled fake currency on earlier occasions could not be ruled out.
Liaqan was arrested at IGI Airport in New Delhi on February 28 while allegedly attempting to bring fake Indian currency with the face value of Rs 10 lakh from Pakistan.
The notes were reportedly concealed in a cardboard carton having a dinner set being carried by her.
Liaqan had told the officials at the airport that the carton was given to her by one Guddu for delivery to Salim in the Capital and she had no reasons to suspect that fake currency was hidden in it.
The prosecution had challenged her plea contending there was a strong prima facie case against her as the fake currency notes were recovered from Liaqan's possession and her interrogation was necessary to bust the racket.