Delhi High Court Denies Bail in the Matter of Fake Currency Notes

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A network of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) got busted by Delhi Special Cell in December 2019. For this scam, five People got arrested on charges of being part of this gang. Subsequently, one of the accused Unwan Amrohi approached the High Court of Delhi. He filed an instant bail application which, however, got dismissed in the end.

Facts of the case

The petitioner, Unwan Amrohi is a Delhi University commerce graduate. He works as a web engineer. The police arrested him for converting the fake currency for Bitcoins with 4 others. It recovered FICN with a face value of Rs 54.9 lakh and fake US Dollars with a face value of Rs 1.73 crore from them. The police charged them under Sections 489-A/489-D/120-B/34 IPC & Section 25 of the Arms Act.

Petitioner’s Arguments

Mr Sudhir Nandrajog, the learned senior counsel appeared on behalf of the petitioner. He submits that police took petitioner for five days remand. However, during the period, they found nothing from the possession of the petitioner. Thus, the recovery shown by police officials has certain flaws.

He claims that the alleged recovery is photocopying on normal daily use papers. Also, more than 70% of the copies of currency notes are single side photocopies. Moreover, all the copies are with the same serial number.  

Mr Sudhir claims that the petitioner has neither designed nor printed any FICN. All the alleged recovered photocopies of currency notes are normal xerox copies. It is from the general photocopy machine and isn’t from any printing machine. Thus, the petitioner is not connected with the co-accused.

Respondent’s Arguments

Mr Izhar Ahmad, the learned APP for state opposed the present petition. He submits that he got secret clues. It states that Asif, who is in Dubai, is managing the network of pumping FICN in India through Unwan and others.

Learned APP states that FICN, fake US currency notes were received in a secret search. Also, illegal arm and ammunitions were recovered from his house. Moreover, the investigation revealed that the petitioner was himself printing the fake currency notes. He also used them for deception.

Mr Ahmad further relied on the judgment pronounced by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the cases of the State of Gujarat vs. Mohan Lal Jitamalji Porwal & Ors. (1987) 2 SCC 364 and Y.S. Jangan Mohan Reddy vs. CBI (2013) 7 SCC 439.

Court’s Decision

The Court observed that

  1. Economic offences are required to be treated as a separate class. Thus, bail cannot be granted as a matter of routine.
  2. Massive amounts of FICN, FUSCN, printers, arms, and other materials were recovered.
  3. The prosecution has revealed that FICN and F(US)CN were printed on both sides as evidence. It isn’t on single side printed notes as the petitioner mentioned.

Hence, Single Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait dismissed the petition on July 16.


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