Days after Raj & DK’s series ‘Farzi’ received critical acclaim, a man in Maharashtra was arrested for printing fake currency notes of Rs 1.60 lakhs. After being held, the accused told police that he learnt how to print fake currency notes on YouTube. For the unversed, Amazon Prime Video series ‘Farzi’ stars Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi and revolves around a counterfeit money printing scam.

Police have arrested a man in Jalgaon district of North Maharashtra for allegedly producing counterfeit Indian currency notes at his home. According to an official, the accused had set up a printing unit in his residence located in Kusumba village and was caught red-handed by a police team on Thursday following a tip-off.

During the probe, the police found that the accused used to print and sell fake notes of Rs 1.5 lakh face value by charging a fee of Rs 50,000. The accused reportedly learned how to make counterfeit bills by watching videos on YouTube.

Speaking to PTI, the Jalgaon Superintendent of Police, M Rajkumar, said that it is suspected that some more people are associated with the accused, and the investigation is ongoing. The accused was booked relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 489-A, which pertains to counterfeiting currency notes.

The Facts of the Matter

In the recently gone popular show ‘Farzi’, Shahid Kapoor stars as a gifted artist, who uses his artistic skill to print counterfeit currency in his grandfather’s printing press. The show was released earlier on February 10 this year, and co-incidentally, less than a month later, a man in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district was arrested for similar criminal activities.

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Accused Learned Printing Fake Currency Through YouTube

A man was apprehended by Jalgaon police on Thursday for producing counterfeit currency notes in his home-based factory. The accused is identified as Rajendra Adhav and is reported to be a coolie by profession. Following being apprehended, the accused told cops that earned how to print counterfeit money by watching YouTube tutorials. The police were able to seize fake notes of Rs. 1.60 lakh from his possession during the raid.

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Accused’s MO

According to the local media report, the accused specialized in printing smaller denominations of currency notes like Rs. 100, 200, and 500. As per the cops, the accused used a scanner and printer to produce the counterfeit notes, which he then put into distribution by selling in the market.

The arrest came after the cops received a tip-off and conducted a raid at his home in MIDC sector. The accused was also caught red-handed while he was printing fake notes.

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Investigation Kicked Off

Jalgaon SP M Rajkumar stated that they are investigating how many times Adhav produced and circulated fake notes, and to whom he distributed them. He also revealed that the suspect sold counterfeit notes worth Rs. 1.5 lakh for Rs. 50,000. Following his arrest, Adhav was presented in court, which remanded him in police custody until March 9.

The accused was charged under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 489-A for counterfeiting currency notes.


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