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MCOCA court begins considering charges in fake stamp case

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Pune, Dec 4 (UNI) The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court today began considering the charges in the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, in which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed chargsheet against 66-odd accused, including its alleged kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi.

During the hearing conducted through video conferencing between Special MCOCA Judge Chitra Bhedi and one of the accused lodged in Yerawada Central Jail, Anil Gote who made an allegation against the prosecution, the investigating agency and also the court.

Gote said that he would be filing a complaint against all of them before the Supreme Court to which the Judge responded, saying he was free to do so but needed to behave properly. Gote then allegedly threatened to file complaint for not getting justice in MCOCA court.

Judge Bhedi bluntly told Gote that he was no more MLA and should show respect to the court. The Judge asked the Jailer to submit the report on Gote's misbehaviour.

For the first time, the court asked five accused currently on bail, all retired police and government officials, former Mumbai Police Commissioner R S Sharma, Pradeep Sawant, M C Mulani, Vaishist Aaghade and Bhavan Ranjan to sit in box made for the accused.

Judicial custody of Telgi and other accused was extended until January 5. Most of the accused have been booked under MCOCA.

Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thackeray submitted before the court that Telgi had set up an elabroate network to supply and sell fake stamps and stamp papers with the help of bureaucrats and politicians. Telgi had opened several bank accounts and also forged the license of four stamp vendors.

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