Abdul Karim Telgi, who was convicted in counterfeit stamp paper scam, passed away in Bengaluru due to multiple organ failure, reports PTI.
Telgi (56) died around 3.55 pm at the Victoria Hospital, where he has admitted with meningitis a few days ago, police said.
Earlier it was reported that Telgi, was on ventilator and suffering from meningitis, according to his lawyer. Telgi was admitted six days back, he added.
Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges.
Telgi was arrested in Ajmer in November 2001 and has been suffering from diabetes and hypertension for over 20 years, besides other ailments, including AIDS.
He was serving his term in Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru after being sentenced to 30 years of rigorous imprisonment in multi-crore fake stamp paper racket. A whopping fine of Rs 202 crore was also imposed on him.
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.