Abdul Karim Telgi, a convict in counterfeit stamp paper scam is on ventilator support in critical condition. Telgi, a severe diabetic was taken to the Victoria hospital in Bengaluru last week after he collapsed in the prison. “He is alive, but very critical and has been admitted to Victoria hospital. He is in the ICU and on ventilator. He is suffering from meningitis,” Telgi’s lawyer M T Nanaiah said.
Telgi who enjoyed special privileges like an assistant in prison on account of his severe condition is in the trauma ICU of the hospital. He has been in the past diagnosed with AIDS and has been under treatment. Telgi was arrested in Ajmer in November 2001 and has been suffering from diabetes and hypertension for over 20 years.
Telgi is serving 30 years of rigorous imprisonment in the multi-crore fake stamp paper racket, along with a massive fine of Rs 202 crore.
The racket was unearthed to be worth billions of rupees where Telgi along with his other accomplices used to produce fake stamp papers which were sold to banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms.
He is currently lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru in Karnataka. Recently, Telgi was in thick of controversy when former DIG (Prisons) D Roopa alleged that prison authorities were giving him preferential treatment in the prison.
(With inputs from PTI)