Vikash Sharma

In a first-of-its-kind conviction in recent memory in Odisha, an accused has been awarded rigorous imprisonment (RI) in connection with the seizure of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) last year. The accused, identified as Lingaraj Behera of Kalahandi, has been convicted by the Court of the Asst. Sessions Judge, Titilagarh.

The Court sentenced Behera to 5 years of RI for the offence under section 489-B of the Indian Penal Code and 3 years RI for the offence under section 489-C of the Indian Penal Code along with a fine. Both the punishments will run concurrently.

Earlier, Behera was arrested by a team of the Special Task Force (STF) following a raid at a park near Titilagarh Bus stand in Bolangir while he along with his associate Dharmu Rana was dealing with Fake Currency Notes on February 1, 2023.

While his associate Rana managed to escape during the raid, the STF seized a bag containing fake notes to the tune of Rs. 31,27,500 from his possession. The seized FICN notes were sent to Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran (P) Ltd., Mudrana Nagar, West Bengal for chemical examination and opinion. After examination, the notes were confirmed as counterfeit.

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