NIA gets Tahir Merchant`s custody in fake currency case
Kochi: Accepting National Investigation Agency`s plea seeking custody of Tahir Merchant, a close ally of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, for thorough interrogation in a fake currency case, a special CBI court on Friday remanded the accused to agency`s custody till November 16.
During the hearing, NIA Deputy SP Vikraman told the court that they wanted to thoroughly interrogate Merchant alias Tahir Taklya, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blast case and a case regarding circulation of fake currency in Kerala in 2008.
The agency informed the court that Merchant was the main link in distributing fake currency notes for extremist activities in India, especially Kerala.
Earlier, Tahir, brought from Mumbai early today, was produced before the special judge amidst heavy security.
The court directed that Tahir should be sent back to Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where he is currently lodged, after the NIA custody ends.
NIA also stated that the source of the fake currency notes, which had been circulated in Kerala in 2008, had been sourced to a Pakistani national Ibrahim Bai.
It said the fake currency were believed to have been printed in Pakistan and distributed to India via Abu Dhabi.
Tahir has been the main link in distributing the fake currency, it was stated.
Tahir, considered a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, was working as manager of a carpet ship in Sharjah.
He was arrested by CBI following his deportation from Abu Dhabi in June 2010.
In the Fake currency case, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence had on Aug 16, 2008 seized counterfeit notes of 500 and 1000
denominations with a total face value of Rs 72.5 lakh from Mohammed Alshah, who arrived at Kozhikode airport from Ras al-Khaima.
Three of his accomplices who had come to receive him at the airport were also arrested.
For more news in Malayalam, click www.zeemalayalam.com
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Discussion over BJP's enormous victory in Maharashtra civic polls
- BMC elections 2017: Who will be the Mayor of Mumbai?
- Coimbatore: PM Narendra Modi unveils 112-foot tall bust of Lord Shiva
- Panel discussion on Farooq Abdullah's remark on terrorists
- Zee Media Exclusive: In conversation with BJP President Amit Shah
- BMC election 2017 results: As it happened
- Maharashtra Civic Poll Results 2017: As it happened on Thursday
- Mitchell Johnson takes a dig at Anil Kumble over calling Steve O'Keefe 'steady'
- IND vs AUS, 1st Test, Day 3: As it happened...
- BMC poll results: Shiv Sena approaches Congress for pact, party says 'not interested'