NEW DELHI: A court here on Wednesday framed charges against underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and others in a fake passport case.
CBI special judge Vinod Kumar said the trial will be held on a dayto-day basis and fixed July 11 to start recording the statements of prosecution witnesses. The court framed charges against Chhota Rajan and the then passport officers Jayashree Dattatray Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalitha Lakshmanan under IPC sections for dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating, cheating by impersonation and forgery of documents. All the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
The CBI alleged that Chhota Rajan got issued a fake passport from Bengaluru in 1998-99 in the name of one Mohan Kumar. The three are out on bail while Rajan is in judicial custody.