Chennai, Oct 5 (UNI) A Special Court trying CBI cases today convicted and sentenced one of the accused in the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam to five years rigorous imprisonment (RI).
Delivering the verdict, Special Judge N Velu said the period of sentence already undergone by the accused Sarfraz Nawaz, in a Bangalore jail, was set off.
Abdul Karim Telgi was the prime accused in the case.
The court had on August 16 framed charges against the accused and the case was posted for trial.
When the case came up for hearing today, the judge pronounced the order through video conferencing on a petition filed by Nawaz, pleading guilty in the case. He was arrested in February 2003.
The judge adjourned further hearing of the main case to October 22 and informed the same to Telgi and other accused, Jacob Chacko and Abdul Wahid, lodged in Yerwada prison in Pune, and Balaji, lodged in Bangalore prison, through video conferencing.
Barring one Peter Kennedy, the other accused, including Nizamuddin, suspended DIG Mohammed Ali, the then Assistant Commissioner of Police Shankar, LIC agent Ramasamy Sadhu and Nasneen, wife of Nizamuddin, who are all on bail, appeared before the court.