Shahida Telgi (Abdul Karim Telgi’s Wife) Wiki, Age, Death, Children, Family, Biography & More

Shahida Telgi

Shahida Telgi (1960-2022) was an Indian citizen who is known for being the wife of counterfeiter, Abdul Karim Telgi, who was the main suspect in a Stamp paper scam in 2003. She passed away in 2022.


Shahida was born in 1960 (age 62 years; at the time of death) in Khanpur, Belgaum, Karnataka.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 5″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black


Parents & Siblings

There is not much information about her family.

Husband & Children

Shahida was married to Indian counterfeiter, Abdul Karim Telgi, who died in 2017.

Abdul Karim Telgi

Abdul Karim Telgi

She has a daughter, Sana Talikoti.


Shahida was accused in the multi-crore counterfeit stamp paper case in 2003. She was arrested in 2005 after failing to appear in court on two occasions. Shahida suffered from various health problems, including HIV. When she was arrested, the court instructed the Yerawada Central Jail officials to move her to a private hospital due to her HIV condition. She was released on bail in 2007 after her lawyer, Milind Pawar, submitted a request under Section 439 of the CrPC (a legal provision regarding bail) to Judge Chitra K Bhedi, who was the judge of the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court. In his application, Milind Pawar explained that Shahida’s health was deteriorating, and he requested bail from the court so that she could receive treatment. The court granted her bail on the condition that she provide a surety of Rs. 1 lakh, stay in Bangalore for her treatment, and regularly update the court on her health status every three months. [1]The Times of India


Shahida died in 2022 due to prolonged illness caused by HIV. [2]India Today


  • Her husband, Abdul Karim Telgi, was the mastermind behind one of India’s biggest scams, known as the ‘Telgi Scam 2003.’ This scam involved creating fake stamp papers worth multi-crore. Telgi began with making fake passports and later expanded to creating counterfeit stamp papers. He employed about 350 agents to sell these fakes to various buyers, including banks, stock brokerage firms, and insurance companies. The estimated value of his illegal business was around 200 billion rupees. Telgi faced numerous legal cases across the country related to this scam. He was arrested by the Karnataka special task force in Rajasthan in 2001, following a case filed against him in Bengaluru in 1999. In January 2006, he and some of his associates were sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Abdul Karim Telgi being taken to jail by the police

    Abdul Karim Telgi being taken to jail by the police

  • In 2017, Shahida asked a court in Pune to seize properties owned by her husband, 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.”Telgi under false names and use them for the benefit of the country.”

  • In 2022, her daughter went to the Bombay Sessions Court to request a legal notice for filmmaker Hansal Mehta to stop him from directing the web series titled “Scam 2003-The Curious Case of Abdul Karim Lala Telgi,” which is inspired by her father’s life.
  • In 2023, a TV series titled ‘Scam 2003: The Telgi Story’ was launched on SonyLIV. This show, directed by Hansal Mehta, was the biographical financial thriller genre based on the life of her husband. The character was played by Gagan Dev Riar.

    Poster of the series 'Scam 2003'

    Poster of the series ‘Scam 2003’


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