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Abdul Karim Telgi (born 1956) is a convicted Indian counterfeiter. He earned money by printing counterfeit stamp paper in India. He cited Sharad Pawar, then the chief of NCP party, name in relation to a 600 billion (US$8.8 billion) stamp-paper scam, during a narcoanalysis filmed by various Indian news channels, wherein he also mentioned NCP leader, and former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Chhagan Bhujbal.[1]

Early life[edit]

Telgi's mother was Shariefabee Ladsaab Telgi,[2] and his father was an employee of Indian Railways.[3] His father died while he was young. Telgi paid for his own education at Sarvodaya Vidyalaya Khanapur, an English medium school, by selling fruit and vegetables on trains. Eventually, he moved to Saudi Arabia. Seven years later, he returned to India, at which time he began a career in counterfeiting, originally focusing on fake passports.i[3]

Counterfeiting career[edit]

Telgi moved to more complex counterfeiting when he began to counterfeit stamp paper. He appointed 350 people as agents who sold the fakes to bulk purchasers, including banks, insurance companies, and stock brokerage firms. The size of the scam was estimated to be more than 320 billion (US$4.7 billion).[4] One aspect of the scandal that caused much concern was that it required the involvement of many police officers and other government employees including Nikhil Khotari. For example, one Assistant Police Investigator was found to have a net worth of over 1 billion (US$15 million), despite making a salary of only 9,000 (US$130) per month.[3]

On 17 January 2006, Telgi and several associates were sentenced to 30 years rigorous imprisonment.[5] On 28 June 2007, Telgi was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 13 years for another aspect of the scandal. He was also fined 10 billion (US$150 million). The Income Tax Department requested that Telgi's property be confiscated to pay the fine.[6]

Movie related to case[edit]

Mudrank (The Stamp) is a film based on the stamp scandal. It was finished in 2008, but Telgi filed legal challenges to prevent its release.[7] Telgi alleged that the details covered in the film would damage his legal appeals. As of August 2014, the film has not yet been released.


  1. ^ "Telgi names Sharad Pawar in scam". CNN-IBN Live. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2011. Politicians are the backbone of this business 
  2. ^ "Telgi attends mother's funeral". The Hindu. 13 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Dharker, Anil (30 November 2003). "Telgi is so Indian". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Telgi Scam". The Financial Express. 19 November 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2011.  Archived here.
  5. ^ "Stamp paper scam: Telgi gets 10-year RI". indianexpress.com. Indian Express. 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Telgi gets 13 years jail, Rs 1000 crore fine". Rediff India Abroad. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Telgi unhappy with Mudrank". The Times of India. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 

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Sat, 06 Sep 2014 21:18:45 -0700

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Wed, 26 Dec 2012 04:50:12 -0800

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