A sessions court here on Wednesday upheld Abdul Karim Telgi’s seven-year imprisonment and Rs.25 lakh fine handed down to him by a Delhi magistrate court in one of the several stamp paper scam cases against him.
Additional Sessions Judge T. S. Kashyap dismissed the appeal filed by Mr. Telgi, who is an HIV/AIDS patient currently lodged at a Bangalore jail, challenging the magistrate court judgment.
Mr. Telgi sought leniency pointing to his incarceration in another jail and said he suffered from medical complications.
The prosecution case was that Mr. Telgi and other accused floated a company, located at Nehru Place here, during 1997-98 for unauthorised trading and selling of counterfeit stamps in Delhi and neighbouring areas.
Mr. Kashyap refused to reduce the fine amount saying: “The trial court has considered facts and circumstances as it was a case of huge financial scam involving forged stamp papers causing loss to Indian economy and therefore, fine imposed by the trial court cannot be said to be excessive.”
Regarding Mr. Telgi’s plea that the magistrate had not considered his medical condition while imposing punishment, the sessions court noted that the stamp-scam kingpin was sentenced to simple imprisonment and not rigorous imprisonment by the lower court keeping in view his physical condition.