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Judicial remand for cops in Telgi scam case

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NEW DELHI, FEB. 22. Two Delhi police officers, who were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday for their alleged links with the multi-crore scamster, Abdul Karim Telgi, have been sent to one-day judicial custody by a Delhi court.

Inspector Puran Singh, who was earlier arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch in December last, was arrested once again along with Sub-Inspector Gaurav Aggarwal, for allegedly conspiring with Telgi in printing and sale of counterfeit stamp papers to various business houses, causing huge loss to the Government exchequer.

According to the CBI officials, while investigating into the lapses deliberately committed by the accused police officers during probe of two Telgi related cases registered at Defence Colony and Kalkaji police stations, they found out that the duo had come in contact with Telgi while investigating the Defence Colony case. Telgi allegedly offered them hefty bribe and roped them into helping him in his flourishing business of fake stamp papers. In fact, Inspector Puran Singh went to Bangalore on several occasions to meet Telgi.

The CBI officials said the two police officers deliberately kept Telgi out of the purview of investigations. They also favoured another accused in the case registered at Defence Colony police station by not mentioning his name in the chargesheet. Investigations have revealed that Puran Singh illegally checked the stocks of various business houses and companies without having sufficient material, by abusing his official position.

In one such case, Telgi supplied counterfeit foreign bill stamp worth Rs. 1.5 lakhs to a renowned pharmaceutical company through a Delhi consultant firm, and the same were supplied to another international bank. Puran Singh then visited the bank, checked its foreign bill stamps and told the bank authorities that the stamps were fake. He asked the bank authorities to keep those stamps in safe custody. However, he did not investigate the matter further.

The CBI found that both Puran Singh and Gaurav Aggarwal prepared fake seizure memos, recorded false statements and thus facilitating Telgi in continuing with his business. While "investigating" the Defence colony police station case, Puran Singh allegedly received a bribe of Rs. 2.95 lakhs from one of the accused to allow him withdraw money through four cheques while he was in police custody.

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