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Custody of accused in fake stamp paper scam extended
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December 13, 2005 19:58 IST

A special court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of 61 accused, including prime accused Abdul Karim Telgi, in the multi-crore fake stamp paper case till January 11 and fixed daily hearing from that day.

Barring Shahida Telgi, who surrendered on November 15, and former legislator Anil Gote, 57 other accused who are in judicial custody, including Abdul Karim Telgi and Shridhar Vagal, former special Inspector General of Police, were produced before the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court through video conferencing.

Shahida and Gote are under treatment in a private hospital in the city. Two other accused have been taken to Delhi and Jaipur on transfer warrants in connection with hearing of stamp cases in the courts there.

Police Sub-Inspector Pratap Kakade, an accused in the case, had died in February 2005 under mysterious circumstances in Yerawada Central Jail, while a proclamation has been issued on September 6 last against Haseeb Ahmed Mushtaq Ahmed Shaikh who was absconding.

Former Mumbai police commissioner R S Sharma and former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mumbai crime branch Pradeep Sawant and two others who have been given bail in the case were present during the hearing.

Special Judge B M Sardeshpande asked the defence and prosecution counsels to ensure time on January 11, 2006 when charges would be framed against the accused.

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