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Sixth defendant found guilty by a special NIA court in the Bengaluru fake currency case

In the Bengaluru fake money case, which included the importation of massive amounts of high-quality counterfeit banknotes into India through Karnataka, a lady was found guilty by a special NIA court. The sixth defendant in the case to be found guilty is Vanitha alias “Thangam.”

She was given a prison term of six years for using counterfeit currency notes as real ones in violation of Section 489B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), five years for possessing counterfeit currency notes in violation of Section 489C of the IPC, and two years for engaging in criminal conspiracy in violation of Section 120B of the IPC.

According to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), all sentences will be served consecutively. Vanitha was also given a Rs 20,000 fine by the court.

Following the arrest of three more suspects carrying counterfeit cash with a face value of Rs 4.34 lakh in a combined operation with the NIA in 2018, the Karnataka Police confiscated counterfeit currency with a face value of Rs 2.50 lakh from Vanitha.

According to the agency, the Karnataka Police first filed the case under many IPC sections in response to a complaint made by an NIA official in 2018.

The NIA then re-registered the case and launched a detailed investigation and surveillance campaign, which, according to the statement, allowed for the emergence of the fake Indian currency notes (FICN) ring led by the primary accused Abdul Khadir.

According to the NIA, further inquiries revealed a suspected bogus note transaction involving three persons in Bengaluru.

The NIA issued charge papers against eight persons between 2018 and 2022. The special court sentenced three of them—Mohammed Sajjad Ali alias “Chachu,” M G Raju alias “Master,” and Abdul Kadir—to six years in jail.

According to the NIA, two more defendants, Gangadhar Kholkar and Sabiruddin, were later found guilty and given six-year jail terms by the special court.

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