SC grants bail to cop accused in Telgi case
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted
bail to an accused languishing in jail in connection with
Telgi stamp papers scam for more than six years due to the
failure of CBI to get the trial initiated.
"He has been in jail for more than six years. You (CBI)
have not started the trial. Certainly, he is entitled to
bail," a bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said
while granting bail to Dilip Pandurang Kamat.
Kamat, who was Assistant Police Inspector at Dharavi
police station in Mumbai, was arrested on June 13, 2003 and
was booked under stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised
Crime Act (MCOCA) on the charge of money laundering in
connivance with Abdul Karim Telgi.
While opposing his bail, Additional Solicitor General
Haren Raval said he is a prime accused in the case along with
Telgi and the apex court had on June 30, 2006, rejected his
However, this submission did not impress the Bench which
questioned CBI for delaying the trial.
"Bail application can be filed any number of times. We
are not bound by earlier orders," the Bench, also comprising
Justices Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan, said.
"What is the problem with the trial?" the Bench told CBI.
Noting that there are 800 witnesses in the case, the
court said "a person cannot spend life time in jail waiting
for the trial".
It granted bail to Kamat asking him to furnish two
sureties of like amount to the satisfaction of the Special
Court in Pune where the case is pending.
The accused is lodged in a jail in Mumbai.
Besides MCOCA, he has been charged under Indian Penal
Code (IPC) on the charge of forgery and cheating.
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