Muscat: The fake Indian currencies, which had got Omanis into trouble in the South Indian state of Kerala, had passed ultraviolet (UV) counterfeit money detector tests perfectly at the money exchange office in Muscat when they were purchased, a top official from the exchange said.
"That these were counterfeit currencies could not be discovered at one glance or through UV tests," the general manager of the money exchange which had sold the Indian rupees to the Omani person, told Times of Oman.
The Omani family got into trouble when the state police arrested them for reportedly exchanging fake Indian currencies at a hotel in Kerala, where they were staying. The Omani family was in Kerala for treatment.
"It is sad to know that our customer has got into trouble. We are cooperating with the authorities to prove their innocence. We have already provided enough documents for that," the general manager stated.
"CCTV visuals of the culprit who sold us the fake currency have been handed over to the police officials. The rest of the money, which he sold to us, has also been handed over to the police," he added.
The Omani was caught when the hotel management submitted the money to the bank, where it was found to be fake. But, by then, Rs16,000 of the Rs40,000 he had exchanged, had already been spent in the town.
The Omani is said to be a close relative of a Majlis Al Shura member and a Municipal Council member. According to sources, both these members are in Kerala to sort out the issue.
"The Indian mission office in Muscat and high-level officials have been contacted. The issue will be sorted out soon," Siddique Hassan, a Muscat-based businessman and president of the Oman branch of the Overseas Indian Cultural Congress (OICC), said. "We all are trying our best to sort out the issue. I have been in touch with the state government to help them from the beginning," Siddique added.