Sunday, October 28, 2018

NIA Court sentences first accused to 10-yr RI

Kochi: The NIA court on Saturday awarded 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) to the first accused in the sensational Nedumbassery fake Indian currency note (FICN) case, in which high-quality counterfeit notes from Pakistan were seized while being smuggled to India via the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) in 2013. The court also slapped a fine of `75,000 on the convict.

NIA Court Judge M Nandakumar had exonerated three other accused persons in the case. The case relates to the seizure of 1,950 FICNs, each having a face value of `500, from a Malappuram native by the Customs at the Nedumbassery airport on January 26, 2013.

The sole convict in the case, Neelanchery native Abid Chullikulavan - who was the carrier of the fake currency - was awarded 10-year RI and `50,000 for the offence under section 489 B of IPC. The court also awarded him 5 years’ RI and slapped a fine of `25,000 under section 489 C.
The other accused persons - Mohammed Haneefa of Perinjanam, Thrissur; Abdul Salam alias Podi Salam of Wandoor, Malappuram, and Antony Das of Valparai, Tamil Nadu - were exonerated by the court. Kunjumohammed alias Kunjutty, a native of Manjeri, had turned approver in the case.
28/10/18 New Indian Express

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