Mumbai, Oct 28 (UNI) A special court is likely to pronounce the verdict this week in the murder case of Christopher Bhatti, involving the kingpin of the fake stamp paper scam Abdul Karim Telgi and seven others.
Additional Session Court Judge U D Salvi has already started dictating the judgement and is likely to pronounce the verdict by mid-week.
The other accused in the case are Telgi's nephew Tabrez Ahmed Abdul Rahim Telgi, Mohammed Gous Moula Ali Sighavi, Sajid alias Yusuf Khan, Maqdoom Hussein Mohammed Jadkod, Kalim, Bande Nawaz Samsher and Uday Sawant.
The accused are charged with murder of Bhatti, who was an employee of Telgi. Bhatti allegedly used to handle Telgi's fake stamp paper business in Tamil Nadu.
The deceased had allegedly stolen Rs 2.5 lakh of Telgi and went into hiding thereafter. Telgi's men went to Tamil Nadu and brought him to Mumbai.
On August 26, 2001, Bhatti was brutally beaten up by the accused. He later succumbed to injuries on August 28 at Telgi's Cuff Parade flat and subsequently Telgi and his accomplices allegedly threw his body into the Mahim Creek.
The matter came to light during the interrogation of the co-accused Uday Sawant. Police then lodged an FIR and arrested Telgi and the other accused in the murder case.