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Telgi, the prime accused in the multi-crore stamp paper racket, had, on November 14, filed a petition before the Fast Track Court (2) seeking a week's time to visit his mother, Sharifa Bi, and wife, Shahida, in his home town of Khanapur in Belgaum district.
The judge, K. Nagaiah Shetty, said the State Government had appointed a Special Court to hear all cases pertaining to Telgi and that one case (S6 of Upparpet) had already been transferred from the Fast Track Court to the Special Court. He said he would post the Yeshwanthpur, Upparpet, and Madivala police station cases to December 6 for further hearing as the Karnataka High Court was expected to transfer these cases anytime to the Special Court.
The judge, however, directed the Chief Medical Officer of the Central Jail, Chavan, to submit a medical report on the health status of Telgi.
Earlier, Telgi's counsel argued that his client had been in jail for the past two years and in one case he was listed as absconding by the police. He said only one case had been transferred from the Fast Track Court to the Special Court of A.S. Manoli.
He argued that the police wanted to see Telgi dead and that proper medical attention was not being given to him despite doctors' advice. Telgi, he said, had cardiac ailments and was suffering from HIV infection and diabetes. Though doctors had advised him to be kept in a calm atmosphere, Telgi was repeatedly being subjected to stress and strain.
Telgi's counsel said doctors of a city hospital had told the police and Telgi that the latter would not survive for more than six months. He demanded that the Central Jail authorities produce the medical certificate of Telgi expeditiously as his health had turned precarious and he was highly prone to infections because of his weakened state.
On Telgi's plea for a week's parole to visit his mother and wife at Khanapur, the Fast Track Court suggested that the application be moved before the Special Court. However, if the case was not transferred by then, the Fast Track Court would hear it on December 6. The court also directed the Hyderabad police to move the Special Court for remand of the sixth accused, Wahid.
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