Puducherry: A local court has sent a man,
arrested on charges of circulating fake currency, to five-day
Judicial Magistrate Uthamaraj granted police the custody
of Mohammad Ismail, lodged in central prison here since his
arrest on January 19, after he was produced before the court
Ismail, hailing from Jharkhand, was arrested on a tip-off
by a fruit stall owner. The accused gave him a Rs 1,000 note
for the fruits purchased by him but the shop owner became
suspicious of the genuineness of the note and informed police,
which seized counterfeit notes in the denomination of Rs 500
and Rs 1,000 from his possession.
Police have sought help of the National Investigation
Agency to question Ismail as they suspect a "big conspiracy"
with international ramifications. Police are now on the
lookout for five of his accomplices who are absconding.
Fake notes with face value of Rs two lakh had been seized
from a lodge where the gang had been staying in Puducherry.