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New Delhi/Mumbai :  Long-absconding underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan was brought to the national capital from Indonesia on Friday morning as Maharashtra government’s decision to hand all of his cases to the CBI assumed political overtones.

The fugitive don – arrested by Indonesian police on October 25 – arrived at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 5:30 AM in a special aircraft, accompanied by officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mumbai and Delhi Police. He was taken straight to the CBI headquarters under tight security.

Security at the CBI headquarters, where Rajan has been lodged, has been beefed up with deployment of more Central Industrial Security Force personnel. The traffic on roads near the CBI office here has been restricted.

In Maharashtra, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party slammed the BJP-Shiv Sena government’s decision to hand over around 75 cases relating to Rajan to the CBI. However, the central government said handling of all cases by one agency was helpful.

Sources said Delhi Police was likely to hand over its seven cases pertaining to Rajan to the CBI.

Rajan is wanted in over 85 crimes, ranging from murder, extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking. Apart from Maharashtra, he has cases against him in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and with the CBI.

Rajan, 55, who fled India in 1988 for Dubai, reached Delhi from Bali after a delay of a few days as flights could not take off from the Indonesian island due to cyclonic storms.

Sources said Rajan is yet to be presented before a special CBI magistrate, who will take a decision on his custody.

“Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan alias Mohan Kumar has been successfully brought back to India on deportation from Indonesia today (Friday) morning. He is in custody of CBI – Interpol. Legal formalities are in process,” the CBI said in a statement.

Officials said Rajan is considered a “friendly don” because of his earlier tip-offs to Indian security agencies about the movement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aides.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam slammed the Maharashtra government’s decision to hand over cases pertaining to Rajan to the CBI.

“If the CBI will handle all the cases, what will Mumbai police do,” Nirupam asked and urged the state government to reconsider its decision.

NCP state spokesperson Nawab Malik said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed had assured that the mafia don would be brought to Mumbai.

“Why has he now been taken to New Delhi? What is their strategy? All major cases, including journalist Jyotirmoy Dey’s killing and Pakmodia Street firing, shall be handled by the CBI. Do they doubt our police’s capabilities? It is demoralising the Mumbai Police,” Malik said.

Former Maharashtra director general of police D. Shivanandan also criticised the move to hand over Rajan cases to the CBI and reiterated that the Mumbai police were among the best in the world to investigate any such case.

On the other hand, union Minister of State for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju said: “One agency handling the issue will always help the case. I think we should not discuss much about the procedure because he’s already here,” he added.

Rajan, once a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, parted ways with the latter before the conspiracy for the 1993 Mumbai blasts was hatched. There was an attempt on Rajan’s life in 2000 when Dawood’s men tracked him to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape by jumping from the first floor of the hotel.

Mumbai Police has nearly 75 cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under 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.

Maharashtra additional chief secretary KP Bakshi on Thursday announced it had handed over all its cases against Rajan to the CBI.

(IANS)
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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS