A 23-year-old man, who was accused of circulating fake Indian currency in Mumbai, was sentenced to five years in jail by a sessions court under various charges including Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on Saturday. The court also imposed a fine of Rs1,000 on the accused, who was arrested two years ago.
The convict, Saijul Akhtarali Shaikh, is a native of West Bengal and was staying in Thane. He used to take fake Rs1,000 and Rs500 notes from three people from Bangladesh near the Indo-Bangladesh border.
He then got these notes to Mumbai and circulated them here. “We got a tip off about Shaikh and a police team laid a trap near Kherwadi. As soon as he arrived on June 5, 2014, we caught him. During a search, we found 354 fake Rs1,000 notes from his possession,” said senior inspector P Waval of crime branch unit 8.
Shaikh was taken to Kherwadi police station and a case was registered against him under sections 489(b) and (c), read with 120(b) of the IPC and also UAPA. After the notes seized were verified as fake by a press in Nashik, a section of UAPA was added and high ranking police officer was appointed to investigate the case.