confesses, feels relieved
> Press Trust of India
Posted online: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 at 0911 hours ISTUpdated: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 at 1435 hours ISTMumbai, February 7: The kingpin in the fake stamp paper scam Abdul Karim Telgi on Monday confessed before a Chief Judicial Magistrate about his alleged role in a case, where he is charged with selling fake stamp papers.Telgi
felt much relieved after the end of the marathon five-hour session.
Charged in 48 cases in the scam totaling over Rs 30,000 crore, Telgi
has confessed his
role for the first time, since his
last arrest in 2002.Telgi
appeared before CJM D W Modak 48 hours after he
was asked to apply his
mind and reflect on his
decision to confess in the 1995 case.
convicted, gets 10 years jail 17.01.06
remanded to CBI custody till June 23 10.06.04
confession was behind closed doors, it assumes significance in the wake of Telgi
telling the judge earlier that he
wished to confess to expose powerful politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen and others involved in the scam.
Telgi's confession was inconclusive and would continue on Tuesday.Thereafter, it would be sent by CJM to the Mumbai court, the sources said.
Before recording Telgi's confession, the magistrate asked him whether he
desired more time for reflection on his
decision and then he
repeated the same 20-odd questions that he
had posed on February 4 to know Telgi's state of mind.
told the court that he
had decided firmly and was ready to give the confession.Telgi
's lawyer Nimbalkar said he
would move the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the next two days seeking its permission to allow Telgi to make a similar confessional statement in the bund garden fake stamp case registered against him in Pune.
In the Pune case about 66 accused, including former police commissioner of Mumbai
, R S Sharma, are facing charges of helping the Telgi syndicate in its activities.
Last week, a special court in Mumbai
had allowed Telgi
to give a confession in the 1995 case.However, since Telgi
is lodged in Yerwada prison in Pune, he
was directed to give his
confession before Chief Judicial Magistrate there.
On January 25, Telgi
had expressed his
desire in the Mumbai
court to confess through video conferencing saying he
would like to voluntarily tell the court about his
alleged role in the cases registered against him and others by Cuffe Parade and Colaba police stations in 1995.
However, the court turned down his
plea to make confession in these two cases, as the trial had already begun but allowed him to confess in the 1995 case registered by Mumbai
CID, in which the trial was yet to start.