Mumbai, Nov 15 (UNI) The special court here today once again deferred till tomorrow its final verdict in the 2001 Christopher Bhatti murder case, in which multi-crore fake stamp paper scam kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi and seven others are accused.
Additional Sessions Judge U D Salvi had started delivering the judgement today but in the afternoon session he took up some other urgent matter, resulting in the deferment of the verdict.
Yesterday, too, the court had to put off the judgement owing to non-connectivity of video-conferencing facilities between the Yerawada Jail, where Telgi is lodged, and the court.
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 tracked him down 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 when the co-accused Uday Sawant was being interrogated. Police then lodged an FIR and arrested Telgi and seven others.