CBI obtains 10-day custody of Chhota Rajan in fake passport case

New Delhi(PTI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has obtained 10-days custody of underworld don Chhota Rajan in a fake passport case.

In this November 6, 2015 photo, policemen stand guard outside the CBI headquarters in New Delhi where gangster Chhota Rajan has been kept.

The case has been registered under Sections 120-B, 419, 420, 467,468,471 and 474 of the Indian Penal Code, Section 12 of the Passports Act and Section 13 (2) read with Section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case pertains to the passport (G9273860) obtained by Rajan from Indian consulate at Harare in Zimbabwe in 2003. The passport was fraudulently issued in the name of Mohan Kumar, a resident of Mandya in Karnataka.

On the same passport, the don had entered Australia in September the same year on a tourist visa. He managed to obtain residency permit that was to expire on October 31, 2015.

According to the CBI, it was during a review of important cases with the Interpol that it came to know about Rajan’s whereabouts in Australia. His identity was also established by secretly obtaining his fingerprints.

Thereafter, CBI claims, efforts were initiated to scuttle the don’s attempt to get an extension of residency permit in Australia.

Realising that the Australian authorities would turn down his request, Rajan planned to escape before the deadline.

According to the CBI, he identified four destinations and finally decided to fly out to Bali.

On October 25, the Indonesian authorities intercepted Rajan when he was travelling on the passport in the name of Mohan Kumar. When asked, he revealed his real name, Rajendra Nikalje. He was then arrested on the basis of an Interpol red-corner notice issued against him in 1995.