|Famous for||Being the wife of counterfeiter Abdul Karim Telgi, who was involved in Stamp paper scam in 2003|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 5”
|Date of Birth||Year, 1960|
|Birthplace||Khanpur, Belgaum, Karnataka|
|Date of Death||Year, 2022 India Today|
|Age (at the time of death)||62 Years|
|Death Cause||Prolonged illness India Today|
|Hometown||Khanpur, Belgaum, Karnataka|
|Controversy||As per sources, Shahida was involved in the multi-crore fake stamp paper case scandal worth of Rs. 30,000 crores in 2003. The Times of India|
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Widow|
|Husband/Spouse||Abdul Karim Telgi (counterfeiter) (deceased; 2017)
|Children||Daughter- Sana Talikoti|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Shahida Telgi
- Shahida Telgi was an Indian citizen who is known for being the wife of counterfeiter Abdul Karim Telgi, who was involved in a Stamp paper scam in 2003.
- Her husband Abdul Karim Telgi was the mastermind behind one of India’s biggest scams, the ‘Telgi Scam,’ a multi-crore counterfeit stamp paper scam that was unearthed in 2003. He had started by delivering fake passports. Thereafter, he began with the more complex counterfeiting of stamp papers and appointed nearly 350 agents, who sold the fakes to those who purchased bulk, including banks, stock brokerage firms, and insurance companies. The size of his business was estimated to be 200 Billion rupees. Several cases were filed against Telgi across the nation in this regard. He was arrested by Karnataka special task force from Rajasthan in 2001 after a case was filed against him in Bengaluru in 1999. In January 2006, he, along with some of his associates, was sentenced to imprisonment of 30 years.
- Shahida was also charged in the multi-crore fake stamp paper case in 2003. After missing court appearances twice, she was eventually arrested in 2005.
- Shahida was suffering from several medical issues including HIV. After her arrest, the court asked the Yerawada Central Jail authorities to shift Shahida to a private hospital as she was suffering from HIV.
- She was released on bail in 2007 after her lawyer Milind Pawar filed an application under Section 439 of the CrPC (special powers of High Court or Court of Sessions regarding bail) before Chitra K Bhedi, Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court Judge. According to his application, Shahida’s condition was worsening day by day for which he sought bail from the court so that she could get the treatment required. The court granted her bail and asked Shahida to furnish a surety for Rs 1 lakh, not to leave Bangalore, where she would be taking treatment, and to keep the court informed about her health condition every three months.
- In 2017, Shahida requested a court in Pune to confiscate Telgi’s benami properties and allocate them for the betterment of the nation. In a statement, she said,
The last will of my husband was to the effect that properties which were purchased from the proceeds of the so-called fake stamp scam should be seized by the government and used for the benefits of the nation. I came to know about some properties that remained to be seized by the police, which are in the name of the relatives. It is my binding duty to fulfil the last wish of my husband to bring this fact to the notice of the court and the prosecution agency. Therefore, I filed this application.”
- In 2022, her daughter moved to Bombay Sessions Court for legal notice to filmmaker Hansal Mehta to stop him from making the web series titled “Scam 2003-The Curious Case of Abdul Karim Lala Telgi” which is based on the life of her father.
- In 2023, ‘Scam 2003: The Telgi Story,’ an Indian Hindi-language biographical financial thriller television series was released on SonyLIV. The series was directed by Hansal Mehta. It was based on the life of her husband. The role was played by Gagan Dev Riar.