K.T. Sangameswaran

State Government invites bids to set up the facility

  • Facility sought considering the nature of the case and security factors
  • Installing the equipment would obviate the need to bring Mr. Telgi from Pune

    CHENNAI: Preliminary work for setting up videoconferencing in a Special Court for CBI cases here has begun with the State Government inviting bids. The provision of the equipment for the court comes in the wake of the central agency's request in this regard for conducting the "fake stamp paper scam case," in which Abdul Karim Telgi is an accused.

    After filing the charge sheet in the court of the IX Additional Special Judge for CBI cases here in December last, the investigating agency wrote to the Tamil Nadu Government to provide a videoconferencing facility to conduct proceedings with regard to some of the accused, particularly Telgi.

    Cited as one among the 11 accused in the case, Telgi had been lodged in the jail at Pune. The facility was sought considering the nature of the case and security factors. Installation of the equipment would obviate the need to bring Telgi from the distant city. Also, the necessity for deploying a big group of policemen could be avoided. The other reasons were that he would have to be brought to Chennai in advance of the hearing date. He was wanted in other "fake stamp paper scam cases" in the country.

    The facility could be extended to other accused lodged in Pune and Bangalore prisons, CBI sources said.

    The charge sheet said the mastermind and his gang allegedly received about Rs.7 crore as sale proceeds during their operations in Chennai. Between June 1998 and March 2002, the gang sold fake insurance policy stamps and revenue stamps to the tune of Rs.6 crore. The CBI investigated the case on the orders of the Supreme Court.