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Chhota Rajan’s deportation process begins with consular access

Gangster Chhota Rajan, who was arrested on in Indonesia, on Sunday received consular access with an Indian diplomat meeting him at a police’s detention centre in Bali.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2015 14:28 IST
Indonesian policemen escort Chhota Rajan from the Denpasar police office.
Indonesian policemen escort Chhota Rajan from the Denpasar police office.(Reuters)

Gangster Chhota Rajan, who was arrested on in Indonesia, on Sunday received consular access with an Indian diplomat meeting him at a police’s detention centre in Bali.

First secretary (consular) Sanjeev Kumar Agrawal met Rajan for nearly half an hour at the detention centre where he has been lodged since his arrest last Sunday, sources said.

Agrawal, who is based in Indian embassy in Jakarta, flew in this morning to Bali and drove straight to the police centre for his meeting with the 55-year-old mob-boss.

The consular access to Rajan comes two days after Indonesian police submitted a report to the Indian embassy about Rajan’s detention.

When Rajan was arrested at the Bali airport, he was carrying an Indian passport with the assumed name Mohan Kumar.

Indian ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh said on Friday that the process relating to Rajan’s deportation to India has already begun but there is no deadline for it.

Rajan has also hired a lawyer, Fransico Prassar, who met him at the detention centre two days ago.

Rajan, whose original name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje, has been questioned by the Indonesian police several times in the last few days to confirm his identity and criminal acts in India.

Rajan, who is wanted in over 75 heinous crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking was questioned both in English as well as in Hindi through a translator.

Mumbai-born Rajan, once a close confidante-turned-rival of underworld ganglord Dawood Ibrahim, has said that he is not afraid of Dawood, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Rajan was arrested on a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol after eluding law enforcement agencies for over two decades.

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).

Rajan was travelling with the identity of Mohan Kumar with passport number G9273860 when he was apprehended at the airport here after arriving on a Garuda Indonesia flight GA715 by Indonesian police on a tip off from Australian authorities, they said.

The sources said Rajan was in touch with various police officials for last six months seeking a passage to return to India as he feared for his life in Australia from Chhota Shakeel, a henchman of Dawood.

In 2000, there was an attempt on his life when Dawood’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape.

According to serving and former police officers, who have dealt with the Mumbai underworld, arrest of Rajan is a major success and his questioning is expected to shed light on hitherto unknown facts related to cases linked to his syndicate.