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India to seek global help to check fake note menace
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 1:34 AM IST
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With huge seizures of fake Indian currency notes (FICNs) raising concern, India will soon take up the issue in a big way at global fora like Interpol and will also ask some European countries — including UK — to keep a close watch on importers of currency-standard printing paper and ink in Pakistan — the country which New Delhi suspects as the base of printing and circulation of FICNs by terror outfits like LeT. Admitting to growing concern over the issue, the government on Tuesday said, “Available inputs indicate that high quality FICNs are printed in a neighbouring country (Pakistan) and pushed into India through neighbouring countries (Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh).” In written reply in Lok Sabha, minister of state for home affairs Ajay Maken said, “Such inputs also indicate that LeT activists, organised criminal networks and syndicates are reportedly involved in infusion and circulation of FICN in the country.” According to Times News Network, although the role of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI in printing and circulation of FICN has never been a secret, Indian sleuths found that the agency had, of late, impressed upon the government in Islamabad to import additional currency-standard printing paper and ink from companies in the UK to pursue its nefarious designs in India. Sources said though India had raised the issue with Pakistan and Bangladesh on several occasions, the government would now take up the issue with other countries to keep a watch on the companies which might be importing ink and currency-standard printing paper to Pakistan. Home secretary G K Pillai is learnt to have discussed all issues concerning FICNs with cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar. The latter had asked the home ministry to brief him on Monday.

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