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Telgi paid Rs 22 lakh to R S Sharma: SIT

By Vijay Singh in Mumbai/PTI
Last updated on: February 10, 2004 01:43 IST

The prime accused in the multi-crore stamp papers scam, Abdul Karim Telgi, paid Rs 22 lakh to former Mumbai police commissioner R S Sharma and Rs 32 lakh to Telugu Desam Party MLA C Krishna Yadav, the Special Investigation Team claimed on Monday.

This information was presented in a Pune court by the SIT when it submitted the report of the Narco Analysis Test conducted on Telgi in December 22, 2003 in Karnataka's Forensic Science Laboratory.

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The report claimed that Telgi donated a 'large sum of money' to Samajwadi Janata Party MLA Anil Gote's Kisan Trust. In return, Gote helped Telgi sell fake stamp papers. Gote is an MLA from Dhule in Maharashtra.

Among other findings of the test:
- Telgi described former Mumbai police commissioner R S Sharma as a friend who helped him. Sharma was paid Rs 22 lakh through Manoj Mehta.

- Telgi claimed his perforated machine had an original dye and that his printing quality was better than that of the Indian Security Press

- Andhra Pradesh legislator Krishna Yadav had demanded Rs 2crore from him. When Telgi expressed his inability to pay up, Yadav abducted two of Telgi's officials. He was given Rs 32 lakh in the presence of six people. Telgi identified three of them as Rajesh, Shrivastav and Reddy. Shiva, who managed Telgi's Hyderabad network, paid the money.

- Hameed and another man, who were part of his Hyderabad network, stole stamp papers worth crores and sold them.

- Telgi claimed to know some ministers, legislators, and senior police officers in Karnataka. He

revealed names of Karnataka politicians and police officials who threatened him. He said they sent goons to his cell in Central Jail, which is why he did not want to reveal all the names.

 - Asked about his mobile phone, Telgi said everybody in his cell had them. He also revealed the name of the person who provided him with the phone.

- When the Pune police had registered a case, Telgi paid money to have the names of his wife and daughter deleted from the charge sheet.

- He owns five buildings each in Hyderabad and Bangalore, the Alankar group of hotels, Alankar Guest House, some apartments in Mumbai. And this is not the complete list!

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- He denied having any black money and that his income was open for assessment. He has 32 bank accounts. He does not like foreign banks

- Telgi claimed to have deposited Rs 2,000 crore with the Bangalore police. However, on persistent questioning, he was not clear whether it was Rs 2,000 crore or Rs 2 crore.

- Telgi revealed that his nephew Tebrez Telgi was in Hubli. [Note: The test report was sent to the Special Investigation Team on December 29, 2003. Tabrez was arrested in Pune on January 3, 2004]

Vijay Singh in Mumbai/PTI