Alleged close aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan, Ravi Mallesh Bora alias D K Rao, will have to make his own security arrangements, said the Bombay High Court on Friday.
A division bench of Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice Anoop Mohta on Friday disposed of a petition filed by Rao seeking police protection. Rao had filed the petition in the high court in September 2009 saying that there is a threat to his life and had sought police protection. Rao was still behind bars then.
He was later released from Arthur Road jail on October 17, 2009, after a special court in Pune acquitted him of the murder charges of a local BJP corporator. Justice Marlapalle said Rao was already on bail, and under such circumstances the court did not wish to interfere and grant protection.
Rao’s advocate Mahesh Mule had expressed fear that he may be killed in an encounter. There had already been two attempts on him, said Mule.
Sangeeta Shinde, additional public prosecutor, argued that Rao had not given any details of the said attempts of encounter. “If he wished, he could approach the commissioner of police for protection. As of now, the police have not found any threat perception to him,” said Shinde.
There are several cases registered against Rao. He has either been granted bail or acquitted in most of the cases.