Staff Reporter

Court urged to grant time to enable bereaved SPP to participate in the trial

CBI files advancement case New judge will fix the dates for trial Prison officials allowed to take three of the accused to Chennai court

BANGALORE: The Special Court trying the multicrore stamp paper racket cases on Thursday postponed the trial of the case involving Abdul Kareem Telgi, prime accused in stamp paper racket cases, and two doctors of Victoria Hospital, Jnanendrappa and Channakeshava, which was posted for January 23. The new trial date will be decided by the new Judge of the court, Vishwanath Virupax Angadi, who will take charge shortly.

Judge A.T. Munnoli, who has been appointed as the Special Judge of cases against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and others, passed the order following an advancement application by the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) V.M. Sheelavant.

In the application, Mr. Sheelavant said the Senior SPP B.R. Nanjundaiah cannot participate in the trial because of the recent demise of latter's wife. He prayed time to enable participation of Mr. Nanjundaiah.

Considering the CBI's application, Mr. Munnoli ordered for postponement trial of the case in which the two doctors have been accused of receiving bribe from Telgi from providing false medical certificates. He directed the SPP to intimate the Defence counsels and the witnesses about the postponement.

In another case, Mr. Munnoli asked the CBI to make submission about two cases being registered on the same facts against Telgi and six of his alleged associates.

The Judge said that one of the charges mentioned in the chargesheet filed in the R.T. Nagar case was cheating a company by embossing fake government seals on the company's documents estimated at Rs. 1.96 lakhs. The same charge, Mr. Munnoli said, was found in another case.

The Judge allowed an application by the Bangalore Central Prison and permitted them to physically produce Balaji, Sarfarz, and Nizamuddin, before the Additional Special Judge trying stamp paper racket cases in Chennai. The Chennai Special Judge had issued warrants against the three persons who are now lodged in the Bangalore Central Prison.