Mumbai: In a major setback to Pradeep
Sawant, a senior police officer of Anti Terrorism Squad and a
police inspector, the Bombay High Court today set aside an
order of a special MCOCA court discharging the two in the
multi-crore fake stamp paper scam.
Sawant, Deputy Commissioner, ATS, and inspector Vashisht
Andhale, along with former city Police Commissioner R S
Sharma, were accused of supporting and encouraging the fake
stamp paper syndicate and its kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi.
However, on June 27, 2007, the Pune special MCOCA court
discharged all three due to lack of evidence.
CBI, which is investigating the case, approached the
Bombay High Court challenging the discharge order of only
Sawant and Andhale.
According to the agency, Sawant dealt leniently with
prime accused Telgi when the latter was in custody of the
Mumbai police for 85 days between November 2002 and January
Justice Ranjana Desai set aside the discharge order but
granted the duo two months time to approach the Supreme Court
"We are yet to get a copy of the reasoned order. Once we
get, we will approach the Supreme Court," Andhale`s lawyer
Niranjan Mundargi said.
Sawant, who has to his credit over 300 encounters during
his stint as DCP (Crime) between the years 2000 and 2003, was
reinstated in April last as DCP in the state Anti Terrorism
Andhale was also reinstated last year as senior police
Inspector of Malwani in north Mumbai.
Sawant and Andhale were arrested in January 2004 but
granted bail in August the same year.