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CBI quizes ex-DMK MP in Telgi case

After questioning Jayaseelan, the probe agency is planning to quiz former Union Minister BV Patil in stamp scam case.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 15:02 IST

The CBI has questioned former DMK MP ASD Jayaseelan in connection with the allegation of helping stamp paper scam accused Abdul Karim Telgi in spreading his network in Tamil Nadu.

The agency is also planning to quiz former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil in this case.

The CBI team, which questioned Jayaseelan at his Chennai residence, confronted the former legislator with a letter allegedly written by him to the then Union Minister of State for Finance VikhePatil.

Jayaseelan had asked the Life Insurance Corporation to buy stamp papers from four private firms, agency sources said.

Vikhe-Patil, who was a leader of the Shiv Sena at that time, is currently a Congress MP after he switched sides before the Parliamentary polls.

The four companies, Marina Services, Sahara Services, Paramount Services and Bharat Enterprises, allegedly belonged to Telgi.

During his interrogation, Jayaseelan is alleged to have accepted having written a recommendation letter.

But he also added that as a member of the Parliament, several people from his constituency used to seek favours, which he, in turn, used to forward to the respective ministries for necessary action, the sources said.

The letter was sent to Vikhe-Patil, who had forwarded it to the concerned department with a note to take any necessary action, if required, the sources added.

Based on this, former Administrative Officer of National Insurance Corporation Venkateswar Raoallegedly issued letters to all divisional offices of the insurance firm recommending procurement of insurance and revenue stamps from these firms.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 15:00 IST