The high court has disposed all cases filed against the main accused in stamp paper scam in the State Abdul Kareem Telgi and subject to certain conditions, ordered his release. However, Telgi has some more cases filed against him from other states hence he may not be released.
Advocate for CBI P Prasannakumar said Justice Ravi Malimutt and Justice John Michael Cunha have heard the 34 cases against Telgi pending since 7 years in 8 weeks continuously. It is significant that while cases against Telgi filed in Chennai, Alahabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune are still in investigation stage and the State HC has disposed the cases, reported Kannada Prabha.
Of the total 34 cases against Telgi the ones filed in Yeshwanthpura police station are the last. HC disposed them on Tuesday. The HC confirmed the 10 years sentence pronounced by the lower court and since Telgi has already served 16 years jail term, there is no need to investigate the appeal based on merit.
However, Telgi has to pay Rs 36,000 fine imposed by the lower court. After the fine is paid and if the police have is no need to arrest him with regard to any other case, Telgi can be released ruled the HC.
Even if Telgi is released from the State jail, other states may arrest him. Telgi was accused in 34 cases by Yeshwantpur, City Market, Upparapete and Madiwala police stations with regard to creating and selling fake stamp papers between 1997 and 2000. In all these cases the lower court had sentenced him to imprisonment between 2 years to a total 10 years.
Telgi and his associates had filed separate appeal to high court to cancel the punishments. All these appeals were pending in HC since 7 years. A bench headed by Justice Ravi Malimutt and Justice John Michael Cunha disposed off all the 34 cases pending by continuously hearing since past 8 weeks.
In the last case the lower court had sentenced Telgi to 10 years imprisonment and Rs 61,000 fine. In case he fails to pay the fine another 3 years of rigorous imprisonment was announced. Telgi has already served 16 years.