New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency's (NIA) special court in Kolkata has awarded the main accused in the Kaliachak fake currency notes case to 10 years rigorous imprisonment. The court sentenced two associates of the main accused Anarul Islam to five years' rigorous imprisonment.

The case occurred in 2016, when Anarul Islam, who belongs to Chapainawabganj in Bangladesh, was accused of cross-border transportation of fake Indian currency notes. In the same year, West Bengal Police and personnel of Border Security Force seized Rs 8 lakh fake Indian currency from Anarul Islam from Malda district of West Bengal.

The NIA court convicted Anarul Islam and his associates, Ripon of Malda and Fatima alias Litchi of Agra, on Thursday (September 26). The court awarded all three accused  penalties of Rs 10,000 each apart from prison terms.

It was also found during investigations that the three accused and their associates had hatched a criminal plot for obtaining and circulating fake Indian currency notes in India.

Investigations also showed that the accused and their associates were active in trafficking huge quantities of counterfeit currency into India for long.