Rajan may help strengthen case against Dawood

October 27, 2015 08:02 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 02:12 am IST - NEW DELHI

Police Commissioner Reinhard Nainggolan shows a photo of gangster Chhota Rajan, during a press conference at the Denpasar police office in Bali on Tuesday.

Police Commissioner Reinhard Nainggolan shows a photo of gangster Chhota Rajan, during a press conference at the Denpasar police office in Bali on Tuesday.

A team of police officers are expected to leave for Indonesia soon to work on the deportation of Chhota Rajan, who at the minimum is expected to help India bolster its case against Dawood Ibrahim.

Sources said the Indian side is confident of deporting Rajan for various reasons, since extradition through a formal legal process was not possible because the two countries do not have an extradition treaty.

Officially, Rajan entered Indonesia on a fake Indian passport and is wanted in India in almost 70 criminal cases. They also point out that Indonesia has in the past also collaborated with Indian agencies >to deport Anil Bastawade in 2013 for his alleged involvement in laundering money in the scam perpetuated by former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

Rajan may have partly orchestrated arrest

There was no clarity on when an Indian official team would leave for Indonesia to speed up Rajan’s deportation. Officials said the team could comprise of those from both CBI and Mumbai police.

Rajan could help further bolster Indian case against Dawood, officials argue. “For sometime now Rajan has been ineffective. In an Indian jail Rajan may not be of much use. However, he could help further bolster case against Dawood,” a senior official said.

“I don’t know how much more we can learn about Dawood from Rajan. He has had no contact with his mentor for more than two decades. All that he knows would be hearsay,” another official said.

A day after the Home Ministry confirmed >Rajan’s Sunday arrest in Bali, there is no final clarity about the circumstances surrounding his arrest. However, from those close to the underworld don, indications are that the arrest may have been orchestrated partially by the don himself.

There was indication that Rajan had been growing worried about his own safety ever since news emerged that Chhota Shakeel had sent his men to Australia to target him. Some sections of the family was reported to have said that Rajan was wanting to return to India for sometime now.

At least one source close to him said that it was Rajan who passed on the details of fake Indian passport, on which he was travelling, flight details etc to the Indian contacts.

Rajan faces almost 70 cases in Mumbai alone, and Mumbai police is expected to press for his custody. He is accused in over 20 murder cases, and several sections of MCOCA, Arms Act etc.

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