Court allows Telgi to attend mother's funeral
The special MCOCA court on Tuesday allowed prime accused in the multi-crore fake stamp paper case, Abdul Karim Telgi, to attend the last rites of his mother, who passed away in neighbouring Karnataka on Monday.
Telgi's mother passed away in Belgaum after a prolonged illness, Harshad Nimbalkar, Telgi's lawyer said.
Special Judge SM Shembole also allowed Telgi's brother Azim and his nephews Tabrez and Parvez, also accused in the case and in judicial custody at the Yerawada Central Jail, to take part in the funeral, Nimbalkar said.
Earlier, Telgi and the other three accused, filed their respective applications, seeking court's permission to perform the last rites at Belgaum, some 300 km from Pune.
The court was informed that the body of the deceased had been preserved so as to allow Telgi and his kins to take part in the last rites.
Shembole said Telgi, his brother and nephews would be taken to Belgaum immediately under tight security to perform the last rites of late Sharifabi and would not be allowed to stay overnight after the funeral.
A CBI constable would accompany the accused, whose payment would have to be borne by Telgi, the order said.
The judge also directed Telgi not to contact anybody.
The court sometime back had allowed Telgi to talk to his mother and wife, both of whom he had said were ailing, over telephone once in a while.
However, last month, he approached the court alleging that jail authorities have not complied with the court's directives in this regard, Nimbalkar added.