statesman news service
CHANDIGARH, 13 JUNE: Three cops of Punjab police have been suspended from service for printing fake currency notes and submitting them as evidence in court after they lost confiscated fake currency of the same denomination.
They have been booked for possession of forged counterfeit currency notes and for destroying evidence.
The three policemen includes the station house officer of Ahmedgarh in Sangrur district, Mr Jarnail Singh, and head constables Mr Teja Singh and Mr Balwinder Singh. The owner of the printing press, Mr Amit Kumar, helped the three cops print fake currency notes worth Rs 1.41 lakh. He has also been booked. The deputy superintendent of police, Mr Gurpreet Singh, has been asked to investigate the case. According to first information report in the case, police had busted a fake currency racket in 2007 and a challan about the racket was presented before the court. However, police lost the seized fake currency notes when the police station was shifted to new premises.But the matter was neither reported to senior authorities nor was the court, which kept issuing summons repeatedly asking police to present the evidence so it could proceed, informed.
In order to save themselves the three cops allegedly printed fake notes of the same denomination at Kumar’s printing press. They then presented the same as evidence in the court on 25 May. The tactic appeared to have worked as the additional sessions judge sealed the case property with his stamp.
But the three cops knew they could face trouble in future for this act so they destroyed the fake notes which they were supposed to deposit in the police station’s ‘malkhana’ after the court hearing.
However, senior police officers got a tip-off and conducted a surprise raid at Mandi Ahmedgarh sadar police station. After the fake notes were found missing, a case was registered under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 489A (counterfeiting currency), 489C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency) and 201 (destruction of evidences) of the IPC.