Chhota Rajan arrested: Recent pact with Indonesia may help India to get the wanted criminal back

New Delhi(PTI): A recently-signed pact with Indonesia may come in handy for India to bring back arrested underworld don Chhota Rajan as the agreement allows deportation of criminals on either side based on a court warrant. The pact was signed and notified by India and Indonesia in August this year for deportation of each other’s wanted persons and cooperate in all criminal matters, including gathering evidence.

Chhota Rajan

Picture Credit: NCB-Interpol Indonesia

“..arrangements have been made by the central government with the government of the Republic of Indonesia for service or execution of summons or warrant in relation to criminal matters on any person in the Republic of Indonesia,” a gazette notification issued by the Home Ministry on August 21, 2015 said.

This pact is one of the options the government is mulling to press to bring Chhota Rajan back home.

Under the agreement, India will execute summons to an accused person or to any person requiring to attend and produce documents or a search-warrant issued by an Indonesian court. Indonesia will reciprocate with similar action if there is any request from any Indian court.

The Home Ministry made it clear that such summons or warrant shall be sent to its Internal Security Division-II for transmission to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia.

The gazette notification also specified that a summons for attendance of a person in the course of an investigation or inquiry in any criminal case, to be served or executed in any place in Indonesia, shall be issued in a particular format and sent to the IS-II Division of the Home Ministry for sending to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia.

Wanted terrorist Chhota Rajan was arrested in Indonesia on Sunday night by the Bali police after a tip-off. The CBI on Monday confirmed that Rajan was indeed arrested and will be deported to India soon.

“At the request of CBI Interpol, India the Bali Police has arrested an Indian national Mohan Kumar on Sunday night. Mohan Kumar alias Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chota Rajan is a fugitive and CBI has been pursuing the matter with the Australian authorities,” CBI Spokesperson Devpreet Singh said.

Immediately after reports of Rajan’s arrest emerged, there were contradicting reports that it wasn’t Chhota Rajan but serial killer ‘Cyanide’ Mohan Kumar who was arrested in Bali. The reason behind the confusion was that Chhota Rajan was hiding in Australia under the name Mohan Kumar. And thus, many mistook Rajan’s arrest to be that of Cyanide Mohan.

The teacher-turned-serial killer ‘Cyanide’ Mohan Kumar was convicted in three of the 20 rape and murder cases registered against him. Fourth Additional District and Sessions Judge BK Naik of Mangalore had awarded him capital punishment in December 2013 in the Anita Baremar, Leelavathi and Sunanda rape and murder cases. He has been imprisoned in Belgaum jail since.

Mohan Kumar had argued that the case was not proved beyond all reasonable doubts. He had also begged for leniency as his family was poor, his two children were in high school and his mother was not keeping good health.

Mohan Kumar, a one-time primary school teacher who hails from Kanyana in Bantwal taluk, while being interrogated confessed that he had no clue as to the victims of diabolic designs. Four of his victims were from Bantwal Taluk, two each from Sullia and Belthangady, three from Puttur,one each from Moodabidre and Mangalore, and five from Kasargod in Kerala. The police had identified the locations of the murders at various places including ten in Mysore Bus stand, three in Madikeri Bus stand, two in Hassan Bus stand, two in Bangalore Bus stand, while one more at Kollur temple in Udupi district.