The CBI on Friday handed over the CDs containing the recorded conversations of Abdul Karim Telgi, the kingpin in the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, with influential people, to him and all other accused in the case as per the direction of the Bombay High Court.
The CBI had on Thursday deposited 11 CDs containing the recorded conversation of Telgi with others in the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Pune.
The CBI submitted before the court that it had deposited three CDs of Telgi's conversations earlier in July, 2005 at the time of filing of chargesheets against 67 accused, thus taking the total number of controversial CDs to 14.
The central investigating agency handed over the copies of the CDs to all those accused who are lodged in the Central Jail at Yerawada and others who are out on bail, sources said.
Telgi received the copies of the CDs this afternoon in the jail. He later gave them to his lawyers Harshad Nimbalkar and Milind Pawar, who would hear them, before arriving at any conclusions with regard to the case of their client.
Meanwhile, Telgi, before he handed over the CDs to his lawyers said he doubted the originality of the same.
The prime accused said he was shown the original CDs by Additional Director General of Karnataka Police Sri Kumar in 2002 after his conversations from the jail were tapped. Therefore, he knows that these were doctored CDs and not genuine, Pawar later told reporters.
Telgi's conversations were recorded by STAMPIT (Karnataka Police which was investigating the fake stamp case in that state) when he was lodged in the Bangalore Central Jail a few years ago and used to call influential people from his mobile in connection with his illegal fake stamp case business.
Justice RS Mohite of the Bombay High Court had on August 1 directed the CBI to hand over to all the accused the copies of the 14 CDs containing the telephonic conversations between Telgi and others. Of the total 67 accused in the case, one is dead, another is absconding and four are out on bail.
The three CDs that were handed over to the stamp case accused were copies of those that were deposited in the Special MCOCA court in Pune at the time of filing of the chargesheets.
The copies of the 11 CDs, deposited in the court on Thursday by the CBI, would be given to the accused only after a court order, sources added.