As an Indian police team arrived in Bali today to seek early deportation of Chhota Rajan, Arthur Road Jail officials are preparing to strengthen security in Mumbai for his arrival.
Chhota Rajan, who was arrested from Australia, received consular access, with an Indian diplomat meeting him at Indonesian police’s detention centre.
The joint team of CBI, Mumbai, and Delhi police officers visited Bali two days after the Indian authorities wrote a letter to the Indonesian authorities.
Earlier today, First Secretary (Consular) Sanjeev Kumar flew into Bali, and drove straight to the police centre for his meeting with 55-year-old Rajan, one of India’s most wanted criminals. This is for the first time an Indian official met him in prison.
On the basis of a Red Corner Notice from Interpol, the 55-year-old underworld don was arrested in Bali. Mumbai Police has 75 cases registered against him while Delhi Police has six. The CBI will hand over Rajan’s custody to Mumbai Police once he is brought back to India.
Mumbai Police have the maximum number of cases registered against Rajan, including 20 for 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 underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is allegedly responsible for the 1993 Mumbai train bombing, but they split after the blasts.