Mumbai, Nov 14 (UNI) The special court here today deferred till tomorrow its final verdict in the 2001 Chistopher Bhatti murder case, in which multi-crore fake stamp paper scam kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi and seven others stand accused, following the non-connectivity of video-conferencing facility.
Additional Sessions Judge U D Salvi was all set to deliver the verdict today but due to non-conNectivity of the video-conferencing facility between the Yerwada Jail, in which Telgi is lodged at the moment, and the court, the order was deferred.
Besides Telgi, the seven others who stand accused in this case include his 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 have been charged with murdering Christoper Bhatti, who was an employee of Telgi. Bhatti allegedly used to handle Telgi's fake stamp paper business in Tamil Nadu. He had allegedly stolen Rs 2.5 lakh and had gone into hiding. However, Telgi's men traced him and brought him to Mumbai. On August 26, 2001, Telgi's henchmen severely beat up Bhatti, who succumbed to his injuries on August 28 at Telgi's flat at Cuffe Parade. They later threw his body into the Mahim Creek.
The matter came to light during investigations into the fake stamp paper case and during the interrogation of co-accused Uday Sawant. Police then lodged an FIR and arrested Telgi and seven others in this case.