Stamp paper scam: Telgi gets life term in 3 cases; jail for 3 cops

Alleged kingpin of multi-crore fake stamp paper scam Abdul Karim Telgi was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment without remission in three separate cases registered against him in Mumbai. This means that the sentence will extend till his death.

Also, in a reprieve to former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, the special CBI court hearing the case rejected Telgi's application seeking to make him a co-accused in the case.

Three police officers have also been held guilty for having conspired in the scam. This is the first time that police officers have been convicted in the set of cases involving the fake stamp paper scam. The three policemen —K K Parmar, A B Sonwalkar and Ganpat Jadhav—have been sentenced to six, five and four years in prison respectively. Another accused, Srikant Rane, has also been held guilty and sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. The order was given by special CBI judge Anil Subramaniam.

Telgi has already been convicted in several cases across the country and has earlier been sentenced to imprisonment extending to 15 years.

Earlier, he had prayed for leniency from the court on the grounds that he is a patient of HIV-AIDS and hypertension. He also said that his wife is "on her deathbed" and his daughter is of a marriageable age. He had prayed that the minimum sentence be imposed on him.

Telgi is also accused under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act for cases registered against him in Pune.

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