The multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, allegedly masterminded by Abdul Karim Ladsaheb Telgi in 2002-03, which saw arrest of several senior police officers, is far from over for some of them.
While some senior officers have been discharged from the case by a special court and reinstated, others are still waiting to get their names cleared. Two of these officers have now filed a discharge application with the high court.
One is senior police inspector Dattatray Yashwant Dal (54).
On March 17, Dal was reinstated as senior police inspector with the general administrative department at Naigaon by an order from the commissioner of police’s office, but is still waiting for his name to be cleared. His advocate Shekhar Jagtap said that as per government resolutions, an officer could be reinstated pending trial if the appointing authority finds it appropriate. “If the appointing authority feels that the court proceeding can take longer and if the officer has been under suspension for long, the commissioner of police may reinstate him,” said Jagtap.
However, if the court finds the officer guilty then he stands dismissed forthwith, added Jagtap.
The other officer is former joint commissioner of police, crime, Shridhar Vagal who was released on bail by the Supreme Court on March 22, 2007.
Dal’s application for discharge, likely to come up for hearing in April, states that he was falsely booked in the case.
Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare said that they would oppose Dal’s discharge application.
Dal was in-charge of DCB CID Unit V Dharavi. On January 12, 2003, Dal was part of the police team, which conducted raid on a godown in Bhiwandi and recovered stamp papers worth Rs 827 crore.
He was arrested on August 21, 2003, for allegedly trying to shield Telgi by naming Shabbir Shaikh as the key accused in the Bhiwandi raid.