Deputy commissioner of police, Pradeep Sawant, attached with the anti terrorism squad (ATS) and senior inspector of police, Vashishth Andhale, will have to face trial before the special court for the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in Pune for their alleged role in abetting the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam masterminded by Abdul Karim Telgi.
A division bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma of the Supreme Court, on Monday, dismissed the Special Leave Petition filed by Sawant and Andhale challenging the order of the Bombay High Court setting aside their discharge.
On June 26, 2007, the special MCOCA court had discharged Sawant and Andhale from the case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had challenged the discharge before the high court saying that the special judge had erred in discharging the officers.
On July 14, the high court allowed the appeal filed by the CBI and set aside Sawant’s and Andhale’s discharge.
Sawant and Andhale had filed SLP in the Supreme Court challenging the high court. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested Sawant on January 7, 2004, for allegedly abusing his official position through sub-ordinate officers, assistant police inspector, Dilip Kamath, and Inspector Dattatraye Dal. The investigation was later transferred to the CBI.