Stamp scam kingpin Telgi acquitted in one case

Stamp scam kingpin Telgi acquitted in one case

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday acquitted Abdul Karim Telgi in one of the three cases for which he is serving his conviction in the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam.

Telgi was convicted in 2006 along with many of his associates in the stamp scandal that had rocked the state in early 2000.  In one of the cases involving doctors from Victoria Hospital, Telgi, along with Dr K M Chennakeshava, then chief medical officer and Dr K H Jnanendrappa, then in-charge of the diabetic clinic, were convicted by the lower court for issuing fake medical documents to facilitate bail for Telgi.

The certificate was created when Telgi was admitted to the jail ward of Victoria Hospital after he fell ill at the Parappana Agrahara jail. Telgi, who is already suffering from hypertension and diabetes, had taken help of these two doctors who were accused of misusing their powers to  create fake health records for Telgi. The doctors in the medical certificate added that Telgi was also suffering from a severe heart condition and might slip into coma if he was not given adequate treatment in a homely environment.

These details in the medical certificate were added with the help of these two doctors (now retired) without the knowledge of the medical superintendent of the hospital. A division bench comprising Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice John Michael Cunha acquitted Telgi and the two doctors on the ground that the CBI had failed to provide evidence that the two doctors involved had gained monetary benefit by creating a fake medical certificate. The bench said that there was no evidence to prove that the doctors were bribed for the certificate, hence the bench absolved Telgi and the doctors of the charges.
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