The Rs 18 lakh worth fake currency smuggled by a Pakistani woman could have terror links. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized the notes from Rasheda Tahir Ali (39), a Pakistani national, who is in judicial custody till January 6.
During interrogation, Ali said that she was given the fake currency by “some people in Karachi having terror links”.
On December 22, 2009, the DRI had arrested two Indians — Naresh Sachdeva (39) and Chander Kanta (53) — from Andheri station with two trolley bags concealing the fake currency. They found 3,600 fake notes of Rs 500 denomination from the two bags.
The duo said they collected the bags from ‘Maria’ (Ali), who was arrested from Marol the next day. Ali told the officials that she arrived in Mumbai from Karachi via Dubai on December 22 along with the fake currency. She claimed that she was being forced into supplying fake currency notes. Ali said that a few months ago, some terrorists in Karachi kidnapped her along with her father and brother and threatened to kill them if she did not deliver fake currency. The DRI is verifying her claim.
Ali added she had earlier delivered fake Indian currency to some people in Nepal. “She was then asked to make similar delivery in Mumbai,” the official said.
Ali told interrogators that she travelled business class and came to Mumbai on the pretext of attending some religious function and was being paid $400 (around Rs 18,500) to deliver the fake currency.
In his statement Sachdeva admitted that he had paid Rs 1.65 lakh to a contact in Delhi to obtain the Rs 18 lakh worth fake currency. He further said that he was to pay Rs 35,000 more to his contact. The DRI is searching for his associates.
Meanwhile, DRI has also written to the Central Bureau of Investigation to take up the case. The DRI has registered a case under the Customs Act for smuggling (of fake currency).