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Special relationship between Chhota Rajan and Government: Neeraj Kumar


New Delhi: The government had a special relationship with underworld don Chhota Rajan, said former Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

His statement came during a panel discussion on the inaugural day of the fourth edition of Delhi Literature Festival. The three-day festival got underway on Friday.

In a session titled “Bare it all”, with journalist Avirook Sen, moderated by Madhu Trehan, the former Delhi Police chief, asked if there was a special relationship between the don and government, he said: “The short answer- yes there is”.

As Trehan asked him whether its a speculation or fact, he said “its a fact”.

Kumar’s book “Dial D for Don”, which was released last year, talks about his top operations, mostly related to the underworld and the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. He has also revealed that he had three long conversations with Mafia don Dawood Ibrahim on June 10, 20 and June 22, 1994, when he was investigating the 1993 serial blasts as a Central Bureau of Investigation official.

Kumar also said that all hopes must not be pinned on Chhota Rajan to get to Dawood. “I don’t want to give away all secrets. But you are close to the truth. Let us not pin all our hopes on Chhota Rajan,” he said.

Speaking about his book, he said the title of the book ‘Dial D for Don’ was based on the conversations with Dawood. “The name of my book is based on my conversations with Dawood. My seniors were always kept in the loop about the conversations. I don’t do anything without my seniors knowledge… because there are so many agencies involved,” he said.

The former police officer also spoke about some of the controversial cases in his career, including the Ansal Plaza shootout and the allegations that he had links with the underworld. (IANS)

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CBI is not political tool: Anil Sinha


New Delhi: Refuting charges that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) acted as a “political tool”, its director Anil Sinha, while speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak conclave here on Friday, asserted that the central agency would maintain its independence in future too.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is not a political tool. It will never be in the future too. It only follows the instructions of judiciary,

He said he did not receive any call from any political leader to seek favours ever since he took charge as CBI director a year ago.

The CBI chief reiterated the demand for a law to empower the central agency to take over a probe into organised crimes at the national level.

Considering the demands of the 21st century, we should be concerned over tackling organised crimes with the help of improved national laws,

Asked about underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s arrest, Sinha said several government agencies were working on the issue. He, however, refused to disclose any details.

It will be difficult to give any exact time frame (for Dawood’s arrest). It may happen tomorrow or any other time as it is an operational process,

Giving an example of long-absconding underworld don Chhota Rajan, the CBI director said: “We identified his location six months ago. We located him, caught him and brought him back to India.”

Sinha, who took over as CBI chief in December last year, said many international agencies helped CBI in arresting Rajan.

If similar cooperation was received from other countries, efforts to bring back Dawood would also succeed, he added.

Deportation is not possible through cooperation by one country; other countries should also help,

As to why the CBI raided Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s residence in Shimla on the day of his daughter’s marriage, Sinha said: “There were no elaborate arrangements for the marriage. Even people of Shimla did not know about any such function.”

“If no one had any information about the marriage, how can the CBI know about it,” Sinha asked. (IANS)


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