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Sameer Bhujbal back in Mumbai, likely to appear before SIT on Monday
January 18, 2004 21:01 IST
Last Updated: January 18, 2004 21:15 IST
Sameer Bhujbal, the high profile nephew of former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, arrived at Mumbai on Monday evening.
The Special Investigating Team has been waiting to question him in connection with the fake stamps racket.
"Sameer has reached Mumbai and is likely to appear before the SIT on Monday," Sameer's counsel Pervez Rustomkhan told PTI in Mumbai.
NCP sources also confirmed that Sameer Bhujbal has arrived in the metropolis curtailing his schedule in the United States.
The SIT had first summoned Sameer on January 5. However, he sent a letter through his counsel urging the SIT to give him time till January 19. The SIT rejected the application but allowed him to present himself on January 14.
Sameer, however, did not make it to the SIT office on January 14.
On Saturday, Rustomkhan sent a fax to the SIT informing that Sameer would arrive on Sunday and appear before it on Monday at 11am.
Sameer is likely to be questioned regarding allegations of a transfer racket in the state home ministry, which was till recently headed by Chhagan Bhujbal.
Another issue he may be questioned about is allegations that stamp scam prime accused Abdul Karim Telgi influenced transfer of police officials.
Meanwhile, SIT sources in Pune said Telgi's nephew Tabrez Telgi, has given a confessional statement, which will be heard in a court on January 20.
Tabrez, a proclaimed offender, was arrested in Pune on January 3. He was the alleged brain behind Telgi's entire operations regarding printing, packaging and marketing of fake stamps and stamp papers in Maharashtra and elsewhere.
Telgi had reportedly given Tabrez a free hand to handle his business operations. The latter allegedly held accounts in three multinational banks and was reportedly responsible for collecting and disbursing all money generated by the business.