The trial in the multi-crore fake stamp papers scam got a new turn on Friday with the special CBI court naming the complainant in many of the cases, former superintendent of stamps in Mumbai Radheshyam Mopalwar, as an accused and issuing him a summons asking him to be present in court on July 27.
The summons was issued after IA Bagaria, lawyer of Abdul Karim Telgi, prime accused in the scam, filed an application saying Mopalwar be named an accused. “Telgi in his confession had said that Mopalwar was also involved in the scam,” Bagaria said.
Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said the court had made Mopalwar an accused in three cases. The order read, “Issue summons to Radeshyam Mopalwar as an accused…,” Gharat said.
Mopalwar is the complainant and key prosecution witness in several cases against Telgi.
Telgi, in his confession, had said Mopalwar, as superintendent of the General Stamps office, had helped him enter the business of stamp vending. He had also claimed that Mopalwar had promised to give him clients.
Outside the court, Bagaria said he would now move similar applications asking for several other persons to be declared as accused in the case. “Telgi’s confession also reveals names of several politicians and police officers from the Special Investigative Team. They also should be brought to book”, Bagaria added.
Telgi has already been convicted by the court in Mumbai, Pune and Karnataka in many of the cases filed against him.