New Delhi : A 27-year long chase came to halt when Chhota Rajan was brought early morning today from Indonesia by a joint team headed by CBI officials. Rajan, an underworld don who operated from Mumbai, is wanted in many criminal charges and is facing trial in various crime cases registered against him in Delhi and Mumbai. The 55-year-old gangster, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, would be presently detained in national capital Delhi initially, where he would face interrogations not only for his cases, but also to track down the claims made by him in earlier instances about the big fish in the underworld’s absconding criminal list. Rajan has been making claims of having further evidence to nail India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and his links with Pakistan’s snooping agency ISI.
Rajan was brought back amidst tight security in an Indian Air Force Gulfstream-III aircraft from Indonesia’s Bali. Generally considered as a ‘friendly don’, sources revealed about certain relevant tip-off which the chhota don seems to have dropped about the Bada D, as he reportedly tipped Indian security agencies about the movement of Dawood and his aides, while Rajan was being whisked away to an undisclosed location under tight security.
Official cars with flashing lights accompanied by heavily armed escort vans left the Palam Technical Area at around 5:30 AM when the runaway don arrived and got tolled out to the investigative agencies for further probe.
As a prelude to this Delhi arrival, the Maharashtra government announced its intentions of handing over all the cases related to the underworld don to the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) as the agency had expertise in handling such cases. This move comes barely a few days after the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had made earlier claims that Rajan will be brought only to Mumbai. Police establishment in the Mumbai had been making preparations for an exigency of Rajan being detained in the special cell of Aurthur Road prison, just in case.
Rajan is on dialysis as his both kidneys are not fully functional and needs medical aide.