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Fake stamp paper scam: Jt CP Sridhar Wagal arrested

November 07, 2003 16:22 IST
Last Updated: November 07, 2003 19:28 IST

Sridhar Vagal (centre). Pic: Arun Baba PatilJoint Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) Sridhar Wagal was on Friday arrested by the Special Investigating Team probing the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam in Maharashtra, SIT sources said in Mumbai.

SIT chief S S Puri summoned him to the Maharashtra State Housing Police Corporation at Worli and placed him under arrest.

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Vagal was heading the Mumbai Crime Branch when main accused Abdul Karim Telgi was arrested in connection with the fake stamp paper case. He is accused of taking a lenient view of Telgi.

When Telgi was in the CB's custody in January 2003, instead of being behind bars, he was found in his residence in Cuffe Parade in south Mumbai along with some CB officials.

Vagal, a senior official of the Maharashtra police, was questioned by the SIT on November 5 and 6 in connection with the scam. He was reportedly asked about the developments that took place in the Mumbai Crime Branch when prime accused Abdul Karim Telgi was in police custody.

Earlier, police sources said, the SIT had sent a questionnaire to Vagal and sought clarification on certain issues. He was summoned for questioning, as the SIT was not happy with his replies.

Wagal has been charged under MCOCA. Police will take himto Pune and produce him before a magistrate seeking his remand.

Vagal is the 58th accused to be arrested in this case, SIT sources said. The SIT had earlier arrested Assistant Police Inspector Dilip Kamath who was investigating the fake stamp paper case for the Crime Branch.

The SIT is headed by retiredadditional directorgeneral of police S S Puri. He is assisted by Deputy Inspector General of Police Subhodh Jaiswal.

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Sub: That's the spirit of the SIT

What a great step by the SIT personality. This kind of spirit is supposed to be with every officer in the law. The person who ...

Posted by Chakravarthy

Sub: Telgi Scam

Your news item of 7th November 2003 regarding the arrest of Sridhar Wagal, the Joint Police Commissioner ( Crime Branch) is indeed a heart warming ...

Posted by P.A. Nair

Sub: Jt CP arrested.

Wow thats a great news.The law still seems to exist. Who's next? Will it be before 30th November 2003. Keep up the good work.

Posted by A.Raju

Sub: Why Not R.S.Sharma

Why Jt. C.P. Wagal and why not C.P. Sharma who is arrested despite High Court's Specific orders to the SIT. Also Ministers of State who ...

Posted by Parvez Memon

Sub: About corruption

Such an topmost official involved in this type of useless act! How about the public to trust this Department?

Posted by Ramesh



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