Chhota Rajan conviction: Delhi court finds underworld don, three others guilty in fake passport case

A Delhi court on Monday convicted underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and others in a fake passport case. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal held Rajan guilty of possessing a fake passport.

Besides Chhota Rajan, three other accused convicted in the case are — then passport officers Jayashree Dattatray Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalitha Lakshmanan.

According to DNA, the charges against Rajan were framed for allegedly procuring a fake passport in the name of Mohan Kumar with the help of these three government officials.

File Image of Chhota Rajan. PTI

File Image of Chhota Rajan. PTI

Zee News earlier reported that a special CBI court had also framed charges and put on trial three retired public service personnel, who had aided the gangster.

Till date, it is the first case in which Chhota Rajan, who is facing around 70 cases, has been held guilty.

The court on 8 June, 2016, framed charges against Chhota Rajan and Jayashree Dattatray Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalitha Lakshmanan under sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating, cheating by impersonation and forgery of documents.

The CBI in its chargesheet alleged that Chhota Rajan got issued a fake passport from Bengaluru in 1998-99 in connivance with Rahate, Shah and Lakshmanan in the name of Mohan Kumar.

The court has directed the three accused to be taken into judicial custody until 25 April. The court will also hear argument on the quantum of sentence on Tuesday.

Rajan is involved in over 85 cases, ranging from murder to extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking. He has over 70 cases pending against him in Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, apart from those filed by the CBI. The don, held by the Indonesian police on 25 October, 2015, was deported to India on 6 November, 2015.

Gangster Rajan is currently lodged in Tihar Jail and the other three accused are out on bail, Zee News reported.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2017 16:00:15 IST

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