He once played with guns, allegedly shooting people down. But now, former Chhota Rajan aide D.K. Rao has moved the Bombay High Court seeking police protection.
“I have filed a writ petition in the court asking for police protection as I fear for my life,” said Rao. “Though jail is a safe place, I cannot stay there for my safety and hence I have sought police protection.”
Rao’s advocate Mahesh Mule said that he is apprehensive that even police could kill him (Rao) in an encounter. “Already there have been two failed encounter attempts on Rao by the police,” said Mule.
According to sources, at present Rao is guarded by his personal bodyguards at Dharavi.
The high court is likely to hear the petition on Friday.
Rao was released from the high security Arthur Road jail after a special court in Pune acquitted him from the charges of murdering a local BJP corporator. Though there are many cases registered against Rao, he has either been acquitted or granted bail in most of the cases.
“Rao comes every day to the court for trial in connection with the Arthur road mobile phone case, where the police had recovered mobile phones from his barrack in 2005 and had intercepted telephonic conversation between him and Rajan, as the high court has directed the sessions court to complete the trial by December,” said Mule.
Other cases pending against Rao are gangster O.P. Singh’s murder in 2002 and that of a Bandra-based builder in 1999.