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Chhota Rajan Sent to 14-Day Judicial Custody

Chhota Rajan gets 14-day judicial custody and will be lodged in Tihar Jail. CBI takes over all 71 cases.

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Chhota Rajan Sent to 14-Day Judicial Custody

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Underworld don Chhota Rajan, aka Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje has been sent to 14-day judicial custody by a local court. He will be lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail, a CBI spokesperson said.

The CBI has taken over all 71 cases against Rajan from the Mumbai police.

Rajan, was nabbed last month at Bali Airport on his arrival from Australia where he was in hiding under a false identity. He was later brought to India by a joint team of CBI, Mumbai police and Delhi police after Indian authorities sought his deportation.

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The 55-year-old underworld don was arrested after a red corner notice by the Interpol following a tip-off from Australian authorities. The Indian authorities provided enough documents to facilitate his deportation despite not having an extradition treaty with Indonesia.

The Mumbai police had over 70 cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act also known as TADA, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

The Delhi police has six cases registered against the former aide of 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind, Dawood Ibrahim.

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Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, known in India as Chotta Rajan, escorted by plain-clothed police officers for questioning in Bali, Indonesia. (Photo: PTI)

After he was brought to India, the Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case against Rajan and unknown public servants under the Passports Act, 1967 and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The CBI alleged that Rajan got an Indian Passport, passport no. G9273860, prepared in the fake name of Mohan Kumar, allegedly residing at 107/B, Old MC Road, Azad Nagar, Mandya (Karnataka).

The CBI also said that Rajan reached Australia on 22.09.2003 using the said passport & a tourist visa. He fraudulently obtained several visas since then and continued to stay there till 25.10.2015. Rajan, who is currently at an undisclosed location, will continue to stay in CBI custody for 10 days where he is likely to be questioned by investigation teams.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Topics:  Delhi Police   Tihar Jail   CBI 

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