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Telgi Stamppaper Scam

Stamped in Abdul Karim Telgi, accused in the stamp paper scam, in a file photo

AFP (From Outlook 11 February 2013)

Abdul Karim Telgi, prime accused in the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam after being produced at court waves at the media in Ahmedabad. Telgi has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

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Wednesday January 30, 2008
The kingpin of the multi-crore fake stamp paper case Abdul Karim Telgi was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a Special Court in Chennai. Special Judge N Velu also imposed a fine of Rs three crore on Telgi. If he fails to pay the fine, Telgi is liable to undergo three more years of RI. He has already been sentenced to 13 years RI by a Pune court in connection with the fake stamp paper scam. This sentence shall run concurrently along with the Pune court order as given out by judge Velu.

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The kingpin of the multi-crore fake stamp paper case Abdul Karim Telgi was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by a Special Court in Chennai. Special Judge N Velu also imposed a fine of Rs three crore on Telgi. In case of non-payment of the fine, the accused would undergo three more years of RI, the judge said. Telgi has already been sentenced to 13 years RI by a Pune court in connection with the fake stamp paper scam. Today's sentence would run concurrently along with the Pune court order as given out by judge Velu. Also See: Telgi Stamp Scam

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Thursday 28 June
Abdul Karim Telgi, the kingpin of the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, was sentenced this week to rigorous imprisonment for 13 years and fined over Rs 251.26 crore -- the highest penalty ever imposed by the Indian judiciary against an individual-- by a Pune court where he dramatically broke down while pleading guilty and seeking leniency. Judge Chitra Bhedi of the special court imposed five separate fines of Rs 50 crore each for Telgi's convictions under different sections of CrPC, IPC and MCOCA and said the court has taken "a lenient view" since Telgi "had volunteered to plead guilty" and because of his health condition. The order said if Telgi, who is HIV positive, failed to pay the fines, he would have to undergo additional prison terms, with the maximum term being three years and three months. The Pune court also discharged three police officers, including former Mumbai Police Commissioner R S Sharma in the Bundgarden case, which is termed the "mother of all fake stamp paper cases" as it blew the lid off the murky scam and caused a flutter in Maharashtra's political and bureaucratic circles and led to the resignation of Chhagan Bhujbal as deputy chief minister.

Abdul Karim Telgi, the kingpin of the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, was today sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 13 years and fined over Rs 100 crore by a Pune court after he dramatically broke down while pleading guilty and seeking leniency. Judge Chitra Bhedi of the special court pronounced the quantum of punishment in one of the main cases in the scam and said the court had taken "a lenient view" since Telgi "had volunteered to plead guilty" and because of his health condition. Telgi is HIV-positive. All the sentences will run concurrently and the convicts are eligible for remission, the order said. The other 42 convicts were given six-year prison terms and fined a maximum of Rs five lakh. The order said if Telgi failed to pay the fines, he would have to undergo additional prison terms, with the maximum term being three years and three months.

Saturday 24 March
A special court in Bangalore trying the multi-crore fake stamp paper case has sentenced Abdul Kareem Telgi and four others to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment and fined them Rs. 7.25 lakh each. Earlier on Friday, Judge Viswanath V. Angadi had found Telgi, Bhadrudddin, Irfan Ahmed, Wazir Ahmed Salik and Pradeep Kumar guilty under 14 sections of the Indian Penal Code in the case registered at the Peenya police station in May 2003. The court on handed them five to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for criminal conspiracy (Section 120B), counterfeiting government stamp (Section 255), counterfeiting device or mark used for authenticating documents (Section 475) and forging valuable security or will (Section 467); five years for possessing instruments or material for counterfeiting, making or selling counterfeit government stamp, possessing and using counterfeit government stamp, cheating, committing forgery for the purpose of cheating and making or possessing counterfeit seal (Sections 256, 258, 259, 260, 420, 468, 472, 473 and 474) and three years for using forged document as a genuine one (Section 471). Of the 40 cases relating to fake stamp paper scam being investigated by the CBI, this is the first case registered by police under Peenaya Police station limits against Telgi and his associates on charges of selling fake stamp papers worth about Rs 42 lakh to a private firm, Samilabs.