National Investigation Agency.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed third supplementary chargesheet in the Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) case in which Bangladeshi smugglers were also involved.

The NIA chargesheet, filed before the special NIA court in Vijayawada, names West Bengal resident Enamul Haque, who was involved in cross-border smuggling and circulation of FICN after procuring them from his associates in Bangladesh, he said

Haque, who hails from Malda, was arrested by NIA in early September.

Investigation revealed that accused Haque was involved in cross-border smuggling and circulation of FICN after procuring the same from his associates in Bangladesh.

“Enamul Haque conspired with other arrested accused in the case including Mohammed Mahaboob Baig, Syed Imran, Firoj Saikh alias Saddam and Tajamul Saikh alias Bhoot to procure FICNs worth Rs 10, 20,000 and provided the same to Mohammed Mahaboob Baig alias Azhar Baig and Syed Imran for circulation,” said an NIA officail.

The case came to the light following the seizure of 510 number of FICN in denomination of Rs 2,000 amounting Rs 10, 20,000 in March by DRI from the possession of accused Mohammed Mahaboob Baig and Syed Imran at Visakhapatnam Railway Station, while they were travelling in Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express.

NIA had re-registered the case in April and took up the investigation.

The first chargesheet in the case was filed by NIA against Baig and Imran in NIA Special Court, Vijayawada.

In June, Baig and Imran were convicted and sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 10,000.

Subsequently, NIA also arrested accused Saikh in 2019 from Malda and Tajamul Saikh from East Champaran in Bihar.

Further investigation against Bangladeshi associates of the accused was continued, officials said.

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