The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recently registered two more cases against gangster Rajendra Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan. They include an attempt to murder case and an extortion case and both have been filed in the city.
In the first case, developer Ajay Gosalia alias Ganda was shot at on in 2013, in which he survived and an attempt to murder case was registered. The Mumbai crime branch arrested two shooters of the Rajan gang in the case. In another case, Rajan’s men had allegedly extorted Rs20 lakh from a Mumbai businessman in 2013. The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was then invoked in both cases.
Confirming this, CBI spokesperson said the central investigative agency had taken over the two new cases earlier investigated by the Mumbai police.
The CBI had filed two more cases against Rajan last month, which included a firing at Bhendi Bazaar in 2010 where two people were killed. An attempt to murder case was registered with regards to the firing on businessman BR Shetty in 2012 at Andheri.
Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25, 2015, and deported to India on November 6, 2015. The gangster later expressed apprehensions that he should not be taken to Mumbai as he might be attacked by rival gang members.
Considering the threat on Rajan and complicity of the cases, the state government had asked the CBI to step in. Following a government notification, all cases related to the gangster were handed over to the CBI in Delhi.
There are 71 cases against Rajan, in which over 28 are extortion cases, over 12 MCOCA cases and similar number of cases under Arms Act and cases of murder. First case of attempt to murder was registered with the Tilak Nagar police in 1979. While four cases under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act – in 1992 with the Bhandup police, 1993 with Tilak Nagar police and two separate cases in 1994 are with the crime branch.