KARNATAKA

Accused in racket alleges threats from Telgi

BANGALORE, FEB. 26. An accused in the cases pertaining to the stamp paper racket has alleged harassment and threats to him by the prime accused, Abdul Kareem Telgi, in the Central Jail.

Wazir Ahmed Salik, who is lodged in the same jail, made the allegation in a confessional statement made in camera before the Third Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM), K.S, Venkoba Rao, on Thursday.

The confession followed an order by the Special Court trying the cases on applications made by Wazir and his son, Muzamil Salik.

The order allowed both to give confessions before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM). The CMM had assigned the work to the ACMM.

Muzamil's confessional statement will be taken on Friday. Wazir's statement was read out in the court by the ACMM on Thursday.

In his confession, Wazir alleged harassment by Telgi in the jail and said he was threatened against giving any confessional statement. He said his family was being harassed by Telgi's associates.

Wazir claimed that he was directed by Bhadruddin, another accused and alleged associate of Telgi, to set up offices in Chikmagalur, Mangalore, and Hyderabad. When he wanted to quit Telgi's business, Telgi organised police raids on his house, he said.

Plea rejected: The Special Court Judge, A.T Munnoli, dismissed the plea of Telgi's counsel, M.T Nanaiah, for discharging his client from one of the scam cases. The judge said the Supreme Court had not given any final direction on handing over investigation of the cases to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The particular case was being investigated and some of the accused were lodged in other jails. Therefore, this was not the stage for discharging Telgi.

Rehan Baig's application: Rehan Baig, younger brother of the former Minister, R. Roshan Baig, and an accused, filed a bail application before the Special Court. The court posted the hearing of the application to Saturday to hear objections of the State.