Rajan should land at Delhi by 5 am
Bali/ Nagpur: After clearing the air for safe travel to India, Indonesian authorities on Thursday deported underworld don Chhota Rajan who was arrested on the tourist island of Bali, informed media reports.
Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto said Nikalje was handed over to officers from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation and was flown Thursday to India on a special plane.
Sources privy to the developments said the underworld don, who was arrested on October 25 after the Australian police tipped off the Bali police about his presence in the Island, was to undergo mandatory health check up before he would board a special aircraft for Delhi.
Rajan is to land in Delhi around 5 am, the sources said. India was keen that the deportation takes place at the earliest and had put in a request to Indonesian authorities immediately after his arrest, the sources said.
Mumbai police is also keen to question Rajan but it is unlikely that he would be handed over to them, the sources said, adding the custody will be given to Special Cell of Delhi police for sometime for interrogation by sleuths of various agencies. Rajan, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, is wanted in over 75 crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking.
Mumbai Police has nearly 70 cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Delhi Police has six cases registered against Rajan, who was a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim at one point but split before the 1993 Mumbai blasts were conspired.
In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan’s life when his arch rival and India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape.