Suspected Dawood aide acquitted in fake currency case

NEW DELHI - A city court Thursday pulled up Delhi Police for its poor handling of the case and acquitted a suspected Dawood Ibrahim aide, a 67-year-old man who was arrested four years ago for allegedly possessing fake currency notes.

The additional sessions judge asked police to learn the difference between levelling allegations and proving the same in the court.

“It is one thing to crack a case and apprehend a person on suspicion that he is associated with some notorious gang or kingpin in circulation of fake currency notes in India. But it is altogether a different story to prove such things in court where prosecution miserably fails to satisfy the requisite legal standards,” the judge said.

Kamal Kishore Chaddha, who was detained in Mumbai on suspicion of working for Dawood gang and brought to the capital in 2005, was absolved of the charges of being in possession of fake currency.

The elite Special Cell of Delhi Police had alleged that they recovered fake currency notes of Rs.1,000 denomination with face value of Rs.2 lakh from Chaddha’s Defence Colony residence in March 2005.

It was alleged that he visited Pakistan a number of times where Dawood is suspected to be hiding.

“There is no iota of evidence on record in the nature of any telephonic conversation between the accused and the alleged operatives of the gang. There is no investigation regarding antecedents or character of the accused,” the court said.

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