A 39-year-old man alleged to be running an international cartel of fake currency notes was arrested by the National Investigation Agency after he was deported from a West Asian country.
The man,identified as Mohd Yoosuf,was produced before a Delhi court on Tuesday. As the Delhi court granted a transit remand,Yoosuf will be produced before a Kerala court by the NIA in the next couple of days.
Preliminary questioning revealed that Yoosuf has been operating from Dubai for the past two years and smuggled tonnes of fake currency which were used in realty business in Kerala. Yoosuf is learnt to have provided the names of his handlers in ISI and Dawoods gang. He is believed to have used his network to carry out terror activities at his handlers behest.
A special court in Kerala had issued an arrest warrant against him. Based on it,the Interpol had issued a red corner notice against Yoosuf.
Sources said that Yoosuf was caught a few weeks ago based on the red corner notice after which the agencies alerted the NIA. On Tuesday,Yoosuf was flown to India and was arrested at the IGI airport. However,the NIA claimed that they have arrested Yoosuf from Delhi.
According to the NIA,Yoosuf is reported to be one of the close associates of Aboobacker Haji alias Masthigooda Aboobacker,the alleged kingpin of counterfeit currency,who earlier operated from West Asian countries.
Aboobacker was detained in Abu Dhabi in October last year and was deported to India in November after which he was arrested by the NIA. He is at present in judicial custody as probe by the NIA identified close to dozen of his associates in India and abroad.
Sources said Yoosuf used to frequent several West Asian countries and Pakistan,and had been a conduit for smuggling into India counterfeits printed in Pakistan via Bangladesh and Nepal. His name cropped up during interrogation of suspects arrested by the NIA in January. Apart from UAE,Yoosuf,who speaks Hindi,English and Malayalam,also had operations in other West Asian countries like Saudi Arabia.
The NIA said that Kerala is emerging as the hub of fake currency and they are probing three different cases in which international links have come to fore.