Wankhede counters Nawab Malik, says fake notes claim baseless

Mumbai: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede on Wednesday rubbished Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik’s allegations and said that the face value of counterfeit notes seized in 2017 was around 10 lakh not around 14 crores and three people were arrested in the matter.

He further said that the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had approached the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over the case, but the latter did not do so.

“Nawab Malik’s allegations are baseless. The face value of counterfeit notes seized in 2017 was around 10 lakh not around 14 crores. 3 persons were arrested in the matter. At that time DRI had approached NIA to probe the matter, but NIA did not take over the case,” said Wankhede.

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His response came soon after Malik alleged that after demonetisation the game of counterfeit notes was going on in the state under the Devendra Fadnavis government.

“With the blessings of Fadnavis, the game of counterfeit notes started in Maharashtra. After demonetisation was declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and counterfeit notes were being caught across the country but till October 8, 2017, no case was registered in as the game of counterfeit notes was going on in Maharashtra under Devendra Fadnavis,” said Malik.

He further claimed that on October 8, 2017, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) conducted raids at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in which counterfeit notes with a face value of 14.56 crores were seized but Devendra Fadnavis had helped suppress this matter.

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