Chhota Rajan gets consular access in Indonesia in first step of deportation process

Bali: A joint team of CBI and police officers has left for Indonesia to seek deportation of underworld don Chhota Rajan, two days after India wrote a letter to the authorities there for his return to face trial in various criminal cases registered against him.

Underworld don Chhota Rajan, who was arrested on arrival from Australia, on Sunday received consular access with an Indian diplomat meeting him at Indonesian police’s detention centre in this popular tourist city.

 Chhota Rajan gets consular access in Indonesia in first step of deportation process

File photo of Chhota Rajan. Reuters

First Secretary (consular) Sanjeev Kumar Agrawal met Rajan for nearly half an hour at the detention centre in Bali where he has been lodged since his arrest last Sunday, sources said.

Agrawal, who is based in the Indian Embassy in Jakarta, flew in this morning to Bali and drove straight to the police centre for his meeting with 55-year-old Rajan, one of India’s most wanted criminals.

The consular access to Rajan comes two days after Indonesian police submitted a report to the Indian Embassy about Rajan’s detention.

The 55-year-old underworld don was arrested in Bali on the basis of a Red Corner Notice from Interpol and following a tip off by Australian authorities to the police in Indonesia.

In the absence of an extradition treaty, the Indian authorities have already provided documents to their Indonesian counterparts about his Indian identity to facilitate his deportation.

The joint team of officers from CBI, Mumbai Police and Delhi Police will try for his deportation to India. Mumbai Police has 75 cases registered against him while Delhi Police has six.

The CBI, which has sent its officer as it is the nodal agency for Interpol in India, will hand over Rajan’s custody to Mumbai Police once he is brought back.

Mumbai Police have the maximum number of cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

Rajan was a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim at one point of time but they split after the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 02, 2015 09:10:52 IST