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Live: Formal extradition treaty not necessary to bring Chhota Rajan back, says MEA
  • 21:52 (IST)

    Shiv Sena isn't impressed by Chhota Rajan's arrest

    It has been a good day for the Modi goverment with Chhota Rajan under the clutches of the Indonesian police and Sushma Swaraj posing with Geeta, the deaf and mute girl who has been brought back from Pakistan. 

    But Shiv Sena is playing kill joy saying catching the fugitive gangster is no feat at all. 

    "It is ok that Chhota Rajan has been arrested. But, India is actually waiting for Dawood's arrest. Chhota Rajan's arrest is insignificant. We want a terrorist to be arrested, which Dawood is. Thus, we want people like Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon to be arrested and brought back to India," Sena MP Sanjay Raut told PTI.

    Even the Congress was of the same opinion. Here's what they said

  • 21:52 (IST)

    Shiv Sena isn't impressed by Chhota Rajan's arrest

    It has been a good day for the Modi goverment with Chhota Rajan under the clutches of the Indonesian police and Sushma Swaraj posing with Geeta, the deaf and mute girl who has been brought back from Pakistan. 

    But Shiv Sena is playing kill joy saying catching the fugitive gangster is no feat at all. 

    "It is ok that Chhota Rajan has been arrested. But, India is actually waiting for Dawood's arrest. Chhota Rajan's arrest is insignificant. We want a terrorist to be arrested, which Dawood is. Thus, we want people like Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon to be arrested and brought back to India," Sena MP Sanjay Raut told PTI.

    Even the Congress was of the same opinion. Here's what they said

  • 21:41 (IST)

    No need for formal extradition treaty to bring Chhota Rajan back, says MEA

    India on Monday said there are many arrangements to bring back underworld don Chhota Rajan, who has been arrested in Indonesia, in the absence of an extradition treaty with that country.

    "We don't need to have a formal extradition treaty for somebody to be extradited to another country. There are various others means and arrangements in today's days and age.... and it has happened before," Secretary (East) in External Affairs Ministry Anil Wadhwa told reporters in New Dehi.

    Though India and Indonesia signed the extradition treaty in 2011 but Indonesia has not ratified the pact so far.

    Wadhwa added that India and Indonesia have to exchange letters ratifying the treaty for the extradition pact to come into force and this is expected to take place during the upcoming visit of Vice President M Hamid Ansari to Indonesia next week.

    Read more here

  • 19:00 (IST)

    Chhota Rajan will be brought back to India

    CNN-IBN reports that Chhota Rajan will be brought back to India from Indonesia for questioning. 

    The process of deportation of deporting Rajan from Indonesia has already begun, reports Times Now

    Rajan's arrest and questioning is a big breakthough for India as the gangster had been on the run for decades. The Mumbai police has said that questioning him may reveals several unknown facts about different cases including the Jyotirmoy Dey murder. 

    Read more here

  • 18:35 (IST)

    VK Singh played key role in Chhota Rajan arrest? 

    MoS of External Affairs VK Singh was in Indonesia right before the arrest of Chhota Rajan, and if reports are to be believed, he has played a role in the arrest. 

    CNN-IBN quoted sources as saying that Singh was in Indonesia to ensure cooperation between the two countries and played a key role in the nabbing of one of the most wanted gangstaters. 

    The news channel is reporting that Singh let the operation.

    Looks like Subramanian Swamy's assumption was spot on. 

  • 17:11 (IST)

    What you need to know about Chhota Rajan:

    Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje better known in Mumbai gangster lore as Chhota Rajan was arrested in Monday, marking the end of a more than two-decade-long run for him as a fugitive.

    The son of a mill worker, Rajan who was born on 5 December, 1959, grew up in Tilak Nagar, Chembur. His life of crime began through touting movie tickets — reportedly outside Sahakar cinema — and scuffling with local gangs, under the mentorship of Rajan Nair, known as Bada Rajan.

    Read more about him here

  • 17:06 (IST)

    Chhota Rajan arrest joint effort by India, Australia, Indonesia

    Now, the CBI has said that the arrest was a joint effort between India, Australia and Indonesia. CNN-IBN reports that the effort to catch Rajan has been going for a month now. 

    There was also a red corner notice against Rajan, says CNN-IBN

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Necessary action will be taken against Chhota Rajan, says Rajnath Singh

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Interpol Indonesia puts out a photo after Chhota Rajan's arrest

  • 16:36 (IST)

    CBI chief confirms Chhota Rajan was arrested

    After much confusion about whether it was Chhota Rajan or Cyanide Mohan who was arrested in Bali, the CBI has confirmed that it was indeed the Mumbai underworld don who was arrested by the Indonesian police, reports CNN-IBN. 

  • 14:32 (IST)

    Will govt use 2011 treaty to bring Rajan to India? 

    While ABP News reported that Rajan was travelling from Sydney to Indonesia when he was caught in Bali, CNN-IBN reports that he was caught in a joint operation by Indonesia and Australia. 

    CNN-IBN also reports that India may use an extradition treaty signed with India in 2011 to bring the gangster back to India. 

  • 14:28 (IST)

    India in touch with Interpol over Chhota Rajan arrest

    CNN-IBN reports that India is in touch with the Interpol even as reports suggest that Chhota Rajan, a Mumbai underwold don, has been arrested in Bali. 

Indonesian police officials said that they have arrested a wanted criminal from India in Bali but there was little clarity on whether it was gangster Chhota Rajan, who has been on the run for decades, or serial killer Mohan Kumar better known as 'Cynaide Mohan'.

Acting on a tip-off from Australian police, Indonesian authorities detained Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje better known as Chhota Rajan on Sunday as he arrived in the popular resort island of Bali from Sydney, Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto told AFP.

 Live: Formal extradition treaty not necessary to bring Chhota Rajan back, says MEA

Chhota Rajan in a file photo. AFP

The 55-year-old Nikalje, a gangster from India, had been on the run for two decades, Wiyanto said, with Interpol flagging him as a wanted man back in 1995.

"We received information from police in Canberra yesterday (Sunday) about the red notice for a murderer," he told AFP.

"We arrested the man at the airport yesterday. What we know is that this man was suspected to have carried out 15 to 20 murders in India."

Tribun Regional reported that the person arrested was Mohan Kumar but the photograph used to identify him bears closer resemblance to Nikalje.

However, another police official said that the arrested individual was Mohan Kumar, a former Indian primary school teacher, facing the death penalty for the murders of 20 young women.

Mohan Kumar is accused of using cyanide to kill the women from 2003 to 2009. A court in the southern Indian city of Mangalore sentenced him to death in December 2013.

Bali police were coordinating with Interpol and Indian authorities, Wiyanto said, adding it was likely Nikalje would be deported to India.

A spokesperson for Australian Federal Police said Interpol in Canberra had alerted Indonesian authorities "who apprehended Nikalje at the request of Indian authorities".

The federal police confirmed last month that Nikalje was living in Australia under another identity and had been in discussions with Indian authorities, the spokesperson said, but would not provide further details.

Interpol's website states that Nikalje was born in the Indian city of Mumbai, and was wanted for multiple charges including murder and possession and use of illegal firearms.

However, the official from Denpasar said that they had arrested Kumar based on a red corner notice from Interpol.

Kumar was arrested Sunday after arriving at Bali's airport from Sydney, based on a red corner notice from Interpol and following a tip from Australian authorities, said Denpasar Police chief detective Reinhard Habonaran Nainggolan.

Media in India have portrayed Kumar, 56, known as Cyanide Mohan, as a serial killer who preyed on women looking for marriage.

Nainggolan said police were questioning Kumar and coordinating with Indian diplomats.

He said Kumar told police that he had been hiding in Australia for years to avoid arrest, and had planned a 15-day vacation in Bali.

Kumar faces possible deportation, which could happen in days, or extradition, which could take more than a month, Nainggolan said.

 with inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Oct 27, 2015 07:18:26 IST