Underworld don Babloo Srivastava on Tuesday approached the Delhi High Court challenging framing of charges against him under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) for allegedly running a crime syndicate.

A trial court here had on September 19 allowed framing of charges against him and his aide, Fazal-ur-Rehman, under MCOCA for allegedly running the syndicate here between 1983 and 1997.

Challenging the trial court’s order, Srivastava, who was extradited from Singapore in 1995 and is now lodged in central jail at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, pleaded before the High Court for quashing of the order, saying he had been in jail for the last 15 years and that he was not involved in any crime.

Justice V K Jain, after hearing the contention of his lawyer D B Goswami, issued notice to the Delhi police and asked them to file their response by the next date of hearing.