The local police will hand over to the Crime Branch a case related to the seizure of counterfeit notes from an autorickshaw driver in Munnar on Friday last.
The autorickshaw driver was intercepted by the staff of a nationalised bank when he tried to deposit Rs.10,000 in the bank. Two notes of Rs.1,000 denominations were found to be counterfeit.
The police were informed and he was taken into custody. On questioning, he said he got the money from a massage parlour as commission and the person running it had informed the police that a Malaysian citizen had given him the money.
The police then took the foreigner into custody from a tourist home. The man admitted that he got Rs.18,000 from a currency exchange centre in New Delhi where he had exchanged it for Malaysian currency.
The authorities on verification found records of the money exchange. He was released after informing the matter to the Malaysian embassy.
A senior police official said the Malaysian citizen had fake notes amounting to Rs.4,000. “How the fake notes arrived at the currency exchange centre will be known only after a detailed inquiry,” the official said.
Superintendent of Police M. Sheik Anvaruddin Sahib said no one was arrested and it was not a major case involving fake notes.
He said recently fakes notes were seized from the plantation sector functioning in the high ranges. A detailed inquiry was needed, he said. There was no connection between the two cases, he said.