In a minor relief to a Saudi Arabian navy captain booked for carrying fake Indian currency, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked Additional Commissioner of Customs to complete probe against the officer and pass an appropriate order within two weeks.
A division bench of Justices A S Oka and S S Jadhav was hearing a petition filed by Bandar Hurayb, who said he has been wrongly prosecuted as he was unaware that the currency which he procured from an authorised forex agency outside the Jeddah Airport was fakes.
Hurayb landed in Mumbai on April 25, and has been stranded here ever since, when he was caught with fake Indian currency worth Rs 45,500 (91 notes of Rs 500 denomination) at the airport.
Advocate Rizwan Merchant, appearing for Hurayb, told the court that his application waiver of show cause notice before the Additional Commissioner of Customs is pending since June.
To prove his claim, Hurayb submitted the receipt handed over to him by the exchange at Jeddah. The petition further said that Hurayb’s father had initiated prosecution against the forex agency. Hurayb’s petition claims he voluntarily disclosed he was carrying Rs 45,500 in Rs 500 notes. All the notes found in his possession were found to be fake.
He was granted bail on May 14 by the sessions court, where the judge observed that “prima facie any knowledge or reasonable belief cannot be attributed to Hurayb”.