The Bombay High Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of former joint commissioner of police Sridhar Wagal, an accused in the multi-crore Rupee fake stamp paper case involving Abdul Karim Telgi.
Justice VM Kanade rejected Wagal's bail on the ground that there was prima facie evidence to show his complicity in the racket.
Wagal, arrested in 2003, is being treated for circulatory disorder at Nanavati Hospital here for the past two years.
He has been charged with participating in a conspiracy to help Telgi in circulating the counterfeit stamp papers.
Wagal is also charged with accepting money from Telgi through Assistant Inspector Dilip Kamat, a charge he has denied.
He pleaded he was ailing and sought bail on the ground that he was falsely implicated in the crime. Wagal contended he could not be held responsible for acts of his subordinates who allegedly helped Telgi.
CBI counsel Raja Thakre argued that without the active connivance and knowledge of Wagal, Kamat and the other accused could not have helped Telgi.
He also said that cases registered against Telgi and other accused in Mumbai in the 1990s were not taken to their logical end at the instance of Wagal.
CBI opposed Wagal's bail, saying he would tamper with evidence and influence witnesses if he was released. Some witnesses in this case were former police officers and Wagal might influence them if granted bail, the court was told.