New Delhi: In all probability, Chhota Rajan will be deported to India from Indonesia either on Tuesday or Wednesday.
“He will be brought to India if he doesn’t object to his deportation in the Indonesian court. But we don’t think he will do it,” sources said.
A team consisting of CBI, Mumbai police and Delhi police officials is in Bali to complete the legal formalities to secure his deportation. While bringing him to Mumbai, the team may have a stopover in Delhi to complete some formalities.
Rajan, 57, is wanted in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug trafficking in Mumbai. The CBI is an enabling agency as it had issued an Interpol red corner notice against him in 1995.
Rajan was arrested in Bali on his arrival from Australia on October 25 as soon as he de-boarded from a Garuda Airlines flight. He was carrying an Indian passport issued at Sydney with the assumed name Mohan Kumar.
According to Indian intelligence agencies, following Rajan’s arrest, Pakistan has beefed up the security of Dawood Ibrahim, the prime accused in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts.
“We have information that Pakistan’s espionage agency ISI and the army has strengthened Dawood’s security manifold at his four hide-outs in Karachi since Rajan’s arrest. The reason could be Dawood’s growing apprehension that his life could be under threat,” said sources.
Dawood’s four addresses listed in the Indian dossier are: 1) White House, near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, 2) House No. 37, 30th Street, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, 3) A palatial bungalow in the hilly area of Noorabad in Karachi; and 4) Margalla Road, F 62, Street No 22, House No 29, Karachi.
Facing a global look-out notice, Dawood is said to have 16 aliases and 14 passports issued in then Bombay, Dubai (UAE), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Rawalpindi and Karachi (Pakistan).
Dawood is supposed to have been given a safe house in Islamabad, too.
Although Rajan has lost much of his clout, he could still come in handy as far as closing in on Dawood is concerned, because of his knowledge of Dawood’s interests and ways of operations.
Similarly, there are strong apprehensions that Dawood would attempt to kill Rajan once again. Rajan had twice managed to save himself from Chhota Shakeel, who was sent to kill him by Dawood.
Rajan had expressed apprehensions that there was a threat to his life because of the weak security in Bali and had sought consular access, following which Indian embassy official Sanjeev Agarwal travelled from Jakarta to Bali and met Rajan on Sunday.