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Ernakulam Special NIA Court Sentences A FICN Racketeer to Six Years Rigorous Imprisonment and Fine

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Kerala. Special Court for NIA Cases, Ernakulam convicted accused Ali Hossain @ Mohammed Ali Hossain, aged 30 yrs, r/o Pada-Nutan Shibanagar, Murshidabad district, West Bengal u/s 489B and 489C of IPC and sentenced him to 06 years rigorous imprisonment and ₹ 85,000 fine for his role in procuring, possessing and circulating FICN in Kerala.

The case was originally registered at Thrissur East Police Station, Thrissur City, Kerala on 19th August, 2018 against Ali Hossain under sections 489B and 489C of the IPC following the seizure of two counterfeit Indian currency notes (FICN) of Rs. 2000 denomination, from his possession. Subsequently, based on his interrogation, 101 nos. of FICN of Rs. 2000 face value each, were recovered from his residence in Palakkad district. NIA had re-registered the case on 27.10.2018 and taken over the investigation.

Investigation had revealed that in the year 2018, above accused Ali Hossain had conspired with accused Alim Sheik (a Bangladeshi national and absconding) to smuggle FICN into Kerala, with an intention to use the same as genuine Indian Currency, for unlawful gain. On 19th August, 2018 accused Ali Hossain knowingly tried to use the counterfeit currency notes of Rs. 2000 denomination as genuine tender in shops at Thrissur where they were detected and he was arrested. Further investigation in the case against absconding accused Alim Sheik continues.

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