Additional sessions judge S D Darane on Monday found Maulana Hussain Shabbir Gangavali (29),one of the suspects in the Bangalore blasts case,guilty in a fake currency case. He had in his possession 250 counterfeit notes of Rs 100 denomination. The blasts case is pending in a Bangalore court.
The quantum of punishment in the fake currency case will be declared on Tuesday. He was found with the notes at Janwadi mosque on December 30,2008. Gangavali has been in jail since his arrest.
The judge said Gangavali has been found guilty under Section 489(c) – possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes. The maximum punishment under this section is seven years imprisonment or fine or both.
The state ATS had submitted before the court that Riyaz Bhatkal,Iqbal Bhatkal and Ahmed Yasin,the founders and top operatives of IM,who are also among the six absconding accused in German Bakery blast,had provided fake currency to Gangavali.
According to the Pune ATS,Gangavali had earned the Fajilat degree after a detailed study of Islam and Quran at madrasas in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Then as per the instruction of Bhatkal brothers,he became a Maulavi and targeted youths coming to various mosques. He started indoctrinating the youths into jihadi ideology.
He had visited Pune several times to give provoking lectures on Jehad to IM members.