New Delhi: The multi-crore rupee fake stamp paper racket kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking reduction of his seven-year-jail term
awarded by a Delhi Court following his conviction in three
cases related to printing and sale of counterfeit security
Telgi, lodged in a Bangalore prison since April 2004 and
serving varying jail terms that entailed his convictions by
various courts, including those of Mumbai and Pune, for his
role in printing and circulating fake stamp papers, in his
pleas also sought bail on medical grounds.
He challenged the 2009 order of the lower court here,
which imposed a total fine of Rs 1.5 crore in the three cases.
On Telgi`s pleas, Justice M L Mehta issued a notice to
CBI, seeking its reply by January 13 next year.
Telgi filed three separate appeals, seeking merely
reduction of his concurrent seven years` jail term in three
cases, but without challenging his conviction as he himself
had pleaded guilty before the magisterial court.
Telgi has moved the high court in appeal against the
April 2010 ruling of the sessions court which had dismissed
his appeals against the seven-year jail term awarded to him by
the magisterial court in may 2009 in three cases of
counterfeiting and sale of stamp papers.
The cases, registered in December 2003 respectively at
Defence Colony, Darya Ganj and Hauz Khaz police stations,
pertain to sale and printing of the non-judicial stamp papers
and other security instruments through various firms here
Telgi sought bail from the high court pleading that in
addition to having a frail health, he is also HIV positive.
Seeking bail for him, Telgi`s counsel advocate R M Tufail
submitted his client`s health has deteriorated drastically and
he should be granted bail as the Karnataka High Court too has
granted him the relief on medical ground.
Tufail said Telgi has spent six years in jail and the
court should show leniency and reduce his jail term.
He also said Telgi will not be able to pay Rs 1.5 crore
as all his bank accounts have been seized by the investigating
agency and he has been in jail for the past several years.
Erstwhile Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay
Bansal had in May 2009 had convicted Telgi and his associates
for selling counterfeit stamp papers.