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Gangster Pillai’s free run to end

nation Updated: May 27, 2016 10:55 IST

MUMBAI: Engineer-turned-gangster Kumar Krishna Pillai, who is wanted in Mumbai for several cases of murder and extortion, is likely to be extradited from Singapore in the first week of June, officials said.

A court in Singapore, where Pillai was arrested in February, cleared the decks for his extradition and the Mumbai Police have formed a team of five crime branch officers to bring him back to India.

Pillai was apprehended from his Singapore residence in the presence of his wife after Mumbai Police tipped off the Interpol. He was reportedly kept under surveillance for at least a month before his arrest. Pillai lived in Singapore as an import-export businessman and reportedly owns a restaurant there. The gangster has a 15-day window to appeal before a higher court against the lower court ruling. Crime branch officials, however, said the probability of him appealing before a higher court is small as June 2 period is the last date for Pillai to move his petition.

“The committal court’s ruling came on May 18, which was subsequently informed to us. Pillai has not yet appealed before the higher court and if he does not, we will have him in Mumbai in the first week of June,” a crime branch officer said.

Officials added that lower courts in Singapore go into the nitty-gritty of cases before them and if Pillai opts to appeal before a higher court, the chances of his extradition order getting struck down are more. It will, however, prolong the process of getting his custody by a few more weeks.

The crime branch sought his extradition on the basis of three cases including extortion and two cases of attempt to murder. There are a total of six cases against Pillai.

In May, senior crime branch officials visited Tamil Nadu to gather more details about his background and his relatives there. Those details were also put up before the Singaporean court, officials said, adding that all these things including his criminal record and fingerprints helped clinch the order in India’s favour.

The five-member team headed by a deputycommissioner of police (DCP) will leave for Singapore after June 2. Pillai is likely to be brought back on a commercial airline along with the police team. But a final decision is yet to be taken.

Before the team’s departure, Singapore authorities will issue an extradition warrant in Pillai’s name,which will be sent to Mumbai Police via the Interpol and the ministry of external affairs (MEA). The team will carry a copy of the warrant to get Pillai’s custody.

First Published: May 27, 2016 06:57 IST