Fake stamp tickets worth Rs4.73 lakh were seized from the residence of Raju Kondar – arrested with his aide for possessing fake stamp tickets worth Rs66.60 lakh on Tuesday – by the Ghatkopar police on Thursday.
Ram Divekar, sub-inspector, Ghatkopar police station, said: “From the residence of main accused Rakesh Choksi, 45, we recovered fake stamp tickets worth Rs66.60 lakh on Tuesday. On Thursday, when we searched the Charni Road house of Kondar, who works as a sweeper at Opera House, we found more fake stamp tickets worth Rs4.73 lakh.”
The stamps recovered from Kondar’s residence, include foreign exchange and insurance stamps of denominations varying from Rs100, Rs50 to Rs20, added Divekar.
With this seizure, the total worth of the seized fake stamp tickets rose to Rs71.33 lakh. The Ghatkopar police suspects that the fake stamp tickets may have been printed by the cartel allegedly headed by Abdul Karim Telgi in 2003, which led to the arrests of policemen and politicians.
The incident came to light on Tuesday when, acting on a tip-off, the Ghatkopar police detained Choksi from a bar in Ghatkopar. Fake stamp fee tickets of denominations such as Rs500, Rs100 and Rs50, collectively worth Rs4.5 lakh, were found on him. Consequently, Choksi was arrested on charges of cheating and forgery.
On a subsequent police raid on Choksi’s Vile Parle residence, fake stamp fee worth Rs62.10 lakh was found. Choksi later told the Ghatkopar police that Kondar had handed over the stamp tickets to him in 2003, after the latter found it dumped in a garbage bin in the Opera House area.