What do you know about Abdul Karim Telgi & his crime?
RTIwala Reveals everything you should know about Abdul Karim Telgi and his Crime! A decade ago you have fed up with his name flashing on every news channels’ screen, cover-page of newspapers and magazines. It’s all because of the amount of money involved in the stamp paper scam carried out by him and his unscrupulous associates across India.
Who was Abdul Karim Telgi?
He was like any other Indian from a lower-middle-class family of Khanapur in Belagavi district in Karnataka, a son of Railway employee, whose father passed away and has to bread and butter for the whole family. He used to sell fruits and vegetables in the 80s in and around Secunderabad railway station. Then opened a Travel Agency at Dalal Street of Mumbai.
Then after he moved to Saudi Arabia for better business opportunities and came back after 7-8 years. Late Abdul Karim Telgi is survived by wife, daughter and son-in-law and some close associates. After his arrest, he has been After his arrest in Ajmer in November 2001 in connection with the fake stamp paper scam, Telgi was sentenced to 30 years’ rigorous imprisonment by a court five years later. Besides, he has been slapped with a whopping fine of Rs 202 crore. And, from here the journey of India’s biggest scam started drafting.
What was the crime of Abdul Karim Telgi?
Abdul Karim Telgi was the major kingpin of multi-crore Stamp scam which worth more than 3,000 crores and some sources range it 20,000-30,000 crores. During interrogation and Narco-Test, Abdul Karim Telgi confessed the name many bigwig politicians that NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, then a Union minister, and former state Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal received money from him.
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The narco test became redundant after Telgi recorded his statement before a chief judicial magistrate, where there was no mention of either Pawar or Bhujbal. In the videotape of the 2003 narco-analysis test, aired by TV channels in 2006, Telgi claimed to have made payments to them.
Not just the NCP but local BJP leaders to get dragged into this scam as the CBI, after it took over the case from the state’s special investigation team, listed in a charge sheet those named in the later confession, including present BJP MLA Anil Gote and former Mumbai Police Commissioner R S Sharma.
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There were many security and intelligence agencies working on his case and had then put the size of the scam at a mind-boggling Rs 20,000 crore. However, some other estimates ranged from Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore. The scam had affected the country’s financial and other markets.
Now, why Abdul Karim Telgi is trending?
Abdul Kareem Lala Telgi, 56 died in a Bengaluru hospital on Thursday. “He died of cardiac arrest in the ICU in the afternoon,” confirmed authorities of Victoria Hospital, where he was brought from the Central Jail (Parappana Agrahara) on October 16 in a serious condition.
Just a couple of months back he again came into limelight when he was captured in CCTV footage of jail used by DIG (Prisons) Rupa Moudgil. She alleged that Sasikala was getting VIP treatment with a makeshift kitchen in her cell in the Parappana Agrahara Jail, with another inmate preparing food for her. In the report, she has also mentioned about the “preferential” treatment being provided to fake stamp paper scam kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi in the prison. Undertrial prisoners in his cell are allegedly being used to do his personal work like pressing his shoulders, arms and legs.
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