Bengaluru: A 46-year-old man has been arrested for facilitating fake Indian currency notes circulation in Karnataka. The man is from West Bengal.

Sabiruddin, a resident of Krishnapur Chama of Malda district in West Bengal, fled after police began search operations. He is wanted in several other similar cases registered in different parts of the state. 

He was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on June 7, 2019 and was brought before a local court in Malda.

Sabiruddin is being taken to Bengaluru on a 4-day transit remand. He will be produced before the NIA special court. Documents and mobile phones have been seized from the accused.

Some of the cases that were registered in different parts of the state date back to 2018. NIA officials had seized counterfeit notes of Rs 2000 worth Rs 6.4 lakh from Bengaluru and Mudhol in 2018. Four people were arrested in connection with the case -- MG Raju, resident of Devanahalli, Bengaluru Rural; Gangadhar Kolkar, resident of Mudhol; Sajjad Ali, resident of Valda and Vanitha Tangam from Ramchandrapuram -- were arrested in August 2018. It was revealed during the investigation that the accused along with their associates had conspired to procure fake Indian currency from Bangladesh and circulate them.

Two BMTC employees in counterfeit ring that circulates fake Indian currency

Yelahanka Police arrested a Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) driver and conductor who were allegedly a part of a fraudulent chain in May. They recovered counterfeit Indian currency of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes amounting to Rs 81.30 lakh. A photographer from Chennarayapattana – the third accused – had also been arrested. The fourth accused, who was the chief of the counterfeit ring, had absconded.

The driver, Nanjegowda, and the conductor, Somanagowda, was suspended by the BMTC for departmental inquiry last month.