Chhota Ra­jan held, but case stuck

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Man­ish K Pathak man­ish.pathak@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: More than a month ago, in a covert op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing In­dian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies, gang­ster Chhota Ra­jan was ar­rested in Bali in In­done­sia, af­ter be­ing on the run for 25 years. With more than 70 cases against him, this was a big catch. The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s (CBI) probe, how­ever, has not gone be­yond the ar­rest.

The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment trans­ferred the case to the CBI — as the agency has the power to in­ves­ti­gate cases across the coun­try and abroad — and the Mum­bai po­lice as­sured its co­op­er­a­tion. How­ever, po­lice sources said till date, the CBI had not taken a step for­ward to take Chhota Ra­jan’s cus­tody or call for pa­pers re­lated to the cases against him in Mum­bai.

The gang­ster has four cases un­der the Ter­ror­ist and Dis­rup­tive Ac­tiv­i­ties (Preven­tion) Act, 12 un­der Ma­ha­rash­tra Con­trol of Or­gan­ised Crime Act and one case un­der the Preven­tion of Ter­ror­ism Act.

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