Abdul Karim Telgi, 5 others awarded 4 yrs RI

Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 23:31

Hyderabad: Fake stamp paper scam kingpin
Abdul Karim Telgi and five others were on Friday sentenced to
four-years rigorous imprisonment by a special CBI court here
after they pleaded guilty in the case.

Judge V Raghunath Rao pronounced the terms for Telgi,
P Abdul Waheed, Thomas Jacob, Badruddin K Jamadar, B Sadasiva
and K Mohd Yousuf after they pleaded guilty on charges under
section of 120-B of Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to
criminal conspiracy and under sections 258 (Sale and
circulation of fake stamps), 260 (possession of fake stamps)
and 420 (cheating) of IPC , with fine of Rs 500 each.
The judge, however, dropped charges under IPC section
255 dealing with counterfeiting (printing) of government stamp
papers against Telgi on the grounds of lack of material
evidence.

The court also found them guilty under section 69 (B)
of Indian Stamp Act and imposed sentences of six months simple
imprisonment. All the sentences will run concurrently.

The judge in his orders also directed that the remand
period if any undergone by all the accused is set off under
section 428 CrPC.

Telgi, currently lodged in a Bangalore jail, was
brought by an escort police party of Karnataka and produced in
the court on January 20, which posted the case for framing of
charges today.

The CBI had filed a charge sheet in the court against
Telgi and five others after the case was transferred to the
agency by Hyderabad Police in 2004.

After all the accused pleaded guilty, the judge
considered the plea of the accused as voluntarily.
Considering the "humiliation" undergone by the accused
and their families for so many years the judge V Raghunath Rao
observed "They (accused) are in jails for over five years and
when they are in jail, definitely it is humiliation for them
and humiliation for their families. So, they are entitled for
lenient view."

Meanwhile, counsel for Telgi and other accused
Malleshwar Rao told PTI "We went for plead bargaining and
sought for removal of IPC section 255 which results in life
conviction."

"If my clients had contested the case they might have
got acquittal but the case would have run at least next five
years and hence, they decided to plead the guilt which is
beneficial for them. Except Telgi others can walk free soon,
subject to if no other case is pending against them in other
states."

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 23:31

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