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THE MUMBAI Police have finalised the Crime Branch Unit I cell located inside the Mumbai Police Commissionerate to lodge Rajendra Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan on his return to India, during his custody in Mumbai. Rajan was arrested by the Bali police on October 26 from Bali in Indonesia after the Australian Police said that he was travelling on a fake passport on the name of Mohan Kumar.
However, it is still not clear if upon Chhota Rajan’s arrival in India, the Mumbai police will be the first to stake claim to his custody. “Since he was using a fake passport in Sydney, a case can be registered with the Delhi Police. If the Centre takes the decision of handing over Rajan to the Delhi Police in the fake passport case, we can stake claim to his custody only after them, despite having 75 cases against Rajan,” said a source.
The Mumbai Crime branch is now busy translating all the relevant case papers pertaining to Chhota Rajan in the local Indonesian language as part of the extradition process. It is likely to submit a fresh dossier to the home department on the 75 cases against Rajan by the weekend.
The Mumbai Crime Branch is also finalising a special team to quiz Rajan in custody. “The Special Investigation Team ( SIT) will have a mix of both experienced and new officers. Officers who have investigated cases relating to the Rajan gang or has expertise in the underworld, will be selected. We might also seek police officers attached to police stations as part of the team,” said a senior police officer.
The unit I office had also lodged Rajan’s once-friend-turned-foe Arun Gawli, lone convicted 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab and alleged 26/11 handler Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal.