CBI files chargesheet against Chhota Rajan on passport forgery

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cbiNew Delhi :  Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a chargesheet against Chhota Rajan (alias Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje) and three officials of Regional Passport office, Bangalore (employed there during the fraud, now all retired) before the Special Judge, CBI Cases, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi on Tuesday, for allegedly obtaining an Indian Passport in the fake name of Mohan Kumar (a non-existent person).

A case was registered on 31st October last year against Chhota Rajan on grounds of being an absconding accused, together with public servants (Under section 120-B, 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 & 474 of IPC and Section 12 of Passports Act, 1967 and Section 13(2), 13(1)(d) of PC Act 1988). On the basis of this complaint, the absconding accused Chhota Rajan was arrested by CBI on 6th November 2015 after his deportation from Indonesia. He was then held in police custody till 19th of the same month.

Chhota Rajan is presently in judicial custody at Tihar Jail, New Delhi. He was detained by Indonesian Police at Bali on 25.10.2015 on his arrival from Australia against a Red Corner Notice issued by the Interpol. Subsequently, he was handed over to CBI-Interpol (India) for his deportation to India. During the investigations, it was established that Chhota Rajan had dishonestly and fraudulently, using means of criminal conspiracy with the officials of Regional Passport Office, Bangalore, allegedly arranged an Indian Passport issued on 1st January 1998 in the name of Mohan Kumar, a non-existent person. Investigation has further established that Chhota Rajan made use of this fake Mohan Kumar identity, and, on the basis of this Passport, allegedly made a couple of more passports and got it issued to himself, one — dated 19th December 2003, issued from High commission of India at Harare, Zimbabwe, and another — from Consulate General of India, Sydney (Australia). He had stayed in Zimbabwe and Australia in the fake identity of Mohan Kumar on the strength of said passport which was fraudulently issued from Passport Office, Bangalore.

After thorough investigation, CBI has filed a chargesheet, based on the investigations done by CBI and the evidences collected by it.

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