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Special relationship between Chhota Rajan and Government: Neeraj Kumar

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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

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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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‘Pakistan has given Dawood strong protection’: Delhi ex-top cop Neeraj Kumar

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source: dailymail.co.uk

New Delhi: It is true that Chhota Rajan possesses a huge information base on infamous don Dawood Ibrahim but retired Delhi top cop Neeraj Kumar told Firstpost that how much of that information actually reached us depended on the Indian agencies’ capability to extract it. Moreover, to get hold of Dawood, the information had to be actionable as well.

On being asked about the chances of Dawood, accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, being brought to India, 1976 batch IPS officer Kumar said that it was possible in theory but not quite so in practicality.

“It’s generally believed that Dawood is in Karachi. He’s in an enemy country, not in Bali or Thailand from where he could easily be nabbed and extradited. Pakistan has given him strong protection and ensured that he doesn’t get into the hands of Indian security agencies,” said Kumar.

Kumar’s yet-to-be-released memoir Dial D for Don speaks about the cop’s investigations into the underworld activities and gives a lot of information on Dawood, and the 9/11 attacks in the US. The book also reveals how India indirectly contributed a part of the funding for the attack.

“A part of the ransom money received in the kidnapping of Khadim footwear’s CMD Partha Pratim Roy Burman in Kolkata — around $100,000 (which at the time, was worth Rs 49 lakh), was passed on by the abductor Aftab Ansari to the chief of the 9/11 attackers Mohammad Atta through terrorist Omar Sheikh, who was released by India in exchange for hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814 in 1999,” he said in a Firstpost interview.

Asif Raza Khan, a Harkat-ul Mujahideen terrorist had divulged this information about his “boss” Aftab Ansari, who currently awaits hanging in a West Bengal jail. Ansari, who is also responsible for the attack on the American Centre in Kolkata, had shared a part of the ransom money with Omar Sheikh.

The BCCI anti-corruption wing is currently headed by Kumar, who explained the interconnection between Dawood, cricket and the underworld. Soon after he had led an operation against the Indian Premier League tournament spot-fixing issue, in which a few cricketers were involved, Kumar received a call “in all probability” from the elusive don: “Kya saheb, aap retire hone ja rahe ho, ab toh peecha chhod do (What, Sir? You are about to retire, at least stop chasing us now).”

Kumar had received the call a few days before his retirement in July 2013. “It was a one-way communication and before I could reply, the call was disconnected,” he said. However, he didn’t pursue the matter after his retirement.

Indian security agencies say that Dawood, along with his wife Mehjabeen Shaikh, son Moeen Nawaz and daughters Mehreen, Mazia and Mahrukh, are currently working from Karachi’s upscale neighbourhood of Clifton, and are based with the syndicate chief in Pakistan. Mahrukh is married to former cricket captain Javed Miandad’s son, Junaid. This explains Dawood’s cricket connection.

On being asked the possibility of ISIS spreading its roots in India, Kumar stated that since he hadn’t been in the government service for more than two and a half years, he was out of touch with recent occurances and information from intelligence agencies. “They may, they may not,” he said, “the threat is always there.”

On allegations that Kumar had treated Dawood rather softly in his book, the ex-cop, who had also worked in the CBI, said that he had only put forward facts.

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Chhota Rajan return and over hyped media coverage

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New Delhi: A heavy contingent of mediamen remained deployed outside the Air Force Station in Palam since Thursday evening as if to welcome somebody who would usher in a paradigm change in India.

The overnight wait ended when India’s most wanted don Chhota Rajan landed at the airport. And the news pandemonium began.

With media houses who claim to be “your channel”, “aap ki awaz”, “people’s voice” reiterating what Chhota Rajan eats and where he goes, it may be time to question their media ethics.

Is it newsworthy to focus on his diet when countless Indians go hungry? Or is Chhota Rajan the primary security concern of the nation now?

At 2 PM on Friday, media channels reported, “Rajan is healthy”. Is it justified to spend crores of money to air Chota Rajan’s health status?

However, all media channels failed to establish whether Rajan was arrested or he surrendered. An exclusive video coverage had Rajan and other press cameramen in the same frame.

The media channels also raked up controversies such as the Mumbai Police being “irked” as the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Strangely, even the Sheena Bora case was dragged in while airing the Chhota Rajan case. The modus operandi of catering news shows that the media houses lack actionable content and do anything for catching the eyeballs.

The reckless reporting by media houses has pointed to a probable India-Pak war. Channels opined that India would use Chhota Rajan as an “asset” to catch Dawood Ibrahim who is backed by Pakistan’s ISI. Can the channels afford to touch on such sensitive issues?

The media hype escalated to such heights that it eclipsed the exit-poll on the Bihar election. Even the PM’s address did not create much of a flutter.

Instead of focusing on the success of the intelligence agencies, the channels kept on parroting what Rajan did in his childhood and aired documentaries on his meteoric rise.

This testifies to the fact that media channels are gradually losing their focus of catering news and making content to appease people. Instead of educating or informing the news-hungry masses, media houses keep on sensationalizing the news.

However, the channels failed to laud the heroics of the team that made the operation successful. Instead, they kept making Rajan a hero and glorifying his journey.

Calling Rajan a ‘patriotic don’ is just uncalled for.

(Picture courtesy: www.behind2ndlook.wordpress.com)