UAE may extradite fake-currency kingpin to India

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New Delhi: India is hopeful that the United Arab Emirates could soon extradite Abdullah Haji, the 55 yr old from Kasargode in Kerala, and a key accused in a fake currency notes smuggling racket. He is being detained in the UAE for allegedly being part of the global syndicate involved in the smuggling with the help of Pakistan-based Iqbal Kana. India has been mounting diplomatic pressure to gain custody of Haji. They hope his interrogation will give them a deeper insight into the international racket that they say has thrived with the support of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. 

The arrest and possible extradition of Haji, also known as Amitabh Bachchan Haji, is viewed as a major success for Indian agencies since Dubai is believed to have become the new hub of manufacturing fake Indian currency notes.

TOI reports that Haji was first booked by Kerala police and then transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which named Haji as one of the main accused last year in its chargesheet filed before a special NIA court. The NIA has alleged that Haji supplied fake currency notes worth Rs 24.16 lakh in 2010 that were apprehended by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence when the DRI arrested a passenger at Kochi airport. Later, when the NIA took over the case, a passenger identified as Gopinath Kurup was made a witness.

The probe into the global syndicate revealed that the Gulf-based smugglers are also linked to Iqbal Kana, a notorious fake Indian currency notes smuggler and a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, who is wanted by India.

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