The web series ‘Scam 2003: The Telgi Story’ has refocused attention on the life of ingenious scamster Abdul Karim Telgi who engineered the massive fake stamp paper racket in the 1990s. However, few are aware of the critical role played by Telgi’s two brothers who stood by him through thick and thin.
Abdul Karim was the middle sibling among the three Telgi brothers born into poverty in Karnataka. After their father’s untimely death, the brothers supported each other and their mother by selling fruits and peanuts on train platforms. Their grit in the face of hardship created an unshakeable bond that lasted through Telgi’s meteoric rise and eventual downfall when his multi-crore scam unraveled.
As we trace the lives of Abdul Karim’s two brothers who became partners in his journey, here are fascinating insights into the lesser known Telgi siblings.
What Were the Names of Abdul Karim Telgi’s Brothers?
Abdul Karim Telgi had two brothers – elder sibling Abdul Rahim Telgi and younger brother Abdul Azim Telgi.
While Abdul Karim was the ambitious and cunning mastermind, Abdul Rahim and Azim played supporting roles in fulfilling his vision.
How Did the Telgi Brothers Bond Over Hardships?
The family’s life changed forever when the Telgi brothers lost their father while still young. As their mother Sharifa Begum struggled to provide for them, the brothers began selling fruits, peanuts and snacks to passengers on trains passing through their village Khanapur.
The hard work and long hours spent vending on platforms brought the siblings closer, forging a strong bond despite their penury.
How Did the Telgi Brothers Fund Their Education?
While supporting their family through fruit vending, the Telgi brothers shared a commitment towards education as the path to uplift their circumstances.
They saved portions of their earnings to pay for their school fees and graduation, attending local institutions in Karnataka. Abdul Karim went on to earn a commerce degree that formed the base for his business ambitions.
What Role Did Elder Brother Abdul Rahim Play?
As the eldest brother, Abdul Rahim Telgi provided leadership to his younger siblings during their formative years. However, not much is known about his later life.
He passed away several years before Abdul Karim’s scam empire unraveled in the 2000s. But he likely influenced Karim’s thinking and personality in his early years.
How Did Younger Brother Azim Assist Abdul Karim’s Plans?
While Abdul Karim Telgi was the criminal mastermind, younger sibling Azim Telgi became his trusted lieutenant and right-hand man.
Azim managed ground operations of the scam under Abdul Karim’s guidance. He also enjoyed political success as head of the local municipal council due to the scam funds.
How Deeply Was Azim Telgi Involved in the Fake Stamp Racket?
As investigators probed the fake stamp paper scam after Abdul Karim’s arrest, they discovered that Azim Telgi was deeply complicit in many aspects of the fraud.
Azim provided vehicles, warehouses and local muscle power to run the scam smoothly. He also managed crucial financial details through laptops which he tried to destroy when caught. This led to his own arrest and jailing.
What Motivated Azim Telgi to Join His Brother’s Criminal Enterprise?
Experts believe the childhood bond between the Telgi brothers and Abdul Karim’s persuasive charm led Azim Telgi to become a willing accomplice in the scam.
Azim also enjoyed the sudden illicit wealth and local influence, becoming blind to the scam’s impacts on society.
How Did the Scam’s Exposure Destroy Azim Telgi’s Political Career?
At the height of the stamp racket, Azim Telgi exploited the scam funds to get elected as municipal council president in his hometown.
However, when the scam was exposed, Azim faced arrest, reputational ruin and public rage. His political career ended abruptly, proving to be short-lived.
Why Did Azim Later Fear Threats from His Own Brother?
In a peculiar turn of events, Azim Telgi alleged in 2010 that he faced life threats from his imprisoned brother Abdul Karim and an aide. This hinted at a breakdown in ties as the scam unraveled.
Azim appealed for police protection indicating tensions over potential exposing of scam secrets.
In summary, Abdul Karim Telgi’s two brothers faced contrasting fates tied to his scam empire. While elder Rahim passed away early, younger Azim enjoyed temporary power before arrest. But the shared hardship bonding as children lasted through the ups and downs.