I may go mad in 'anda' cell, Telgi tells court

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Mumbai, May 5 (UNI) Prime accused in multi-crore fake stamp and stamp paper case Abdul Karim Telgi today told a special CBI court here that he would go mad in 'anda' (oral-shaped) cell if the Yerwada jail authorities did not allow him to meet his close relatives.

Telgi and other accused were brought to Mumbai today for being produced before the special CBI court Judge C K Bhedi as video-conferencing facility, set up for conduct of trial, failed to function for last three months. In the city, nine cases are pending against Telgi and others.

''I will go mad in 'anda' cell of Yerwada Jail, as the authorities are neither allowing me to meet my close relatives nor letting me move out of the cell for days altogether,'' he said.

Telgi told the court that people lodged in 'anda' cell go mad in just 15 days, whereas he was neither authorised to move out of cell nor allowed to meet his close relatives for months altogether.

It may be recalled that Telgi was confined to 'anda' cell since his arrest.

When Judge Bhedi enquired about his health, Telgi, believed to be suffering from dreaded AIDS disease, replied that his 'health was good and improving'.

He also prayed the court to grant him a no-objection certificate (NOC) so that he could go to Bangalore to record his statement in Karanataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) court there.

Telgi told the court that MCOCA court at Pune had already granted an NOC to him to travel to Bangalore. On which, Judge Bhedi also granted the permission.

Earlier, arguing on double jeopardy application filed by accused, who were convicted by Bund Gardan court in fake stamp case, Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told the court that the accused had committed the crime in different police jurisdictions, at different time and cheated different people, so that it was not a jeopardy.

Judge Bhedi reserved her order till May 14.

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