Mumbai police documenting cases against Chhota Rajan

Mumbai(PTI): Seeking to get underworld don Chhota Rajan’s custody, who was arrested in Bali recently, Mumbai Police has started documenting the offences committed by him, mostly in the city and outskirts, and translating them into English and Bahasa, the official language of Indonesia.

Chhota Rajan

The city police got into work as soon it received official communication from the Union Home Ministry on the arrest of the long-absconding fugitive, wanted for over 75 offences in Mumbai.

“Yesterday, Union Home ministry contacted us and asked to prepare detailed documentation of the offences committed by Chhota Rajan and we have formed a small team to compile the history of the offender,” said Atulchandra Kulkarni, joint commissioner of police (crime branch) of Mumbai police.

“Apart from compiling his records of over 75 criminal cases, we are also documenting the fine-prints of each case, evidences available and status of each of them in different courts, not only in the Mumbai city, but also in Navi Mumbai and Pune, where the offences have been registered,” he said.

Kulkarni, who heads the crime branch of Mumbai Police, said the documents would be presented to the State as well as and Union Home Ministry, which would be furnished to the Indonesian counterparts for Rajan’s extradition. Kulkarni, however, refused to divulge the number of days that will take to bring Rajan into the country, as it was the “matter between two countries”.

“All I can say that whenever Rajan comes into our country, we as a major stakeholder in the case, would like to get his custody first,” he said.

The one-time trusted aide of terrorist and crime boss Dawood Ibrahim was on the run for over 20 years and is wanted in over 75 heinous crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking.

Out of these 75 cases, Rajan is facing four cases under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), one under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Asked about details of the evidences against Rajan the Crime Branch is having, the official said they have all the evidences against him but they would be produced before court not to the media, as police did not want a media trial. He also said that after Rajan’s arrival in India, few sections of the Passport Act could also be slapped on him as he had procured passport on fake address and identity.

Rajan has been caught on our Red Corner Notice issued in 1995 and he is a big catch for us. Even after his arrest, we would be keeping a tab on the underworld activities as before, he said.

Kulkarni, however, declined to specify the main cases in which Rajan’s trials would be run on priority basis to convict the gangster.

Meanwhile, former Mumbai Police Commissioner D Sivanandan, credited for curbing the underworld activities during his stint in Crime Branch, has said that he expected Rajan to be in Mumbai Police’s custody within ten days.

Sivanandan, who retired as Maharashtra DGP, said he saw no hurdles in bringing the 55-year-old gangster to India and subsequently to trial in Mumbai.

On Crime Branch’s preparedness to secure guilty verdict in criminal cases against him, he said, “With my experience, I can say Mumbai Police is a thoroughly professional force and well-equipped to get this man convicted in all the cases.”

“We should not forget that Mumbai Police had got successful conviction of gangster Abu Salem in the 1995 murder of builder Pradip Jain,” he told

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