New Delhi, Nov 4: Chhota Rajan may have around 65 cases registered against him in Mumbai alone. The question however is will the prosecution be able to convict him in all the cases?
The Mumbai police which is most likely to get custody of Chhota Rajan has already begun the process of setting up a special court with a special prosecutor to fast track the cases against Rajan.
Mumbai police officials tell OneIndia that while there are nearly 65 cases against him it is unlikely that he will be convicted in all of them. There are however four very strong cases against him which the police are confident of obtaining a conviction in.
The four cases are the Pakmodia Street firing case of 2011, the murder of eminent journalist, Jyotirmoy Dey, an extortion case of 2005 and the JNPT arms haul case.
The extortion case of 2005:
This case pertains to an extortion bid that was made in 2005 by members of the Chhota Rajan gang. It was alleged that the gang members from Mumbai had called a diamond merchant in Delhi and demanded Rs 1 crore. The diamond merchant was threatened with dire consequences if the amount was not paid.
Further cases were also slapped against two Chhota Rajan aides, Farad Tanesha and Vicky Malhotra for trying to extort money from 21 builders in Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh. In the case relating to the extortion bid on the diamond merchant, a Mumbai court had convicted six members. Rajan was shown as an absconding accused in the case.
The Pakmodia Street firing case:
In this case the police had said that on May 17th 2011, two gunmen of the Chhota Rajan gang had fired outside the house of Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of Dawood Ibrahim. The incident that took place on the Pakmodia Street in the South of Mumbai resulted in the death of Iqbal's bodyguard Arif Syed Abu Bukha.
Earlier this year, the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court convicted three henchmen of Chhota Rajan. The court however acquitted four persons in this case following which the prosecution planned an appeal. Since Rajan was shown as an absconding accused in the case, the Mumbai police will now bring him to trial once he is back in the city.
The JNPT arms haul case:
On May 21 2005 the Mumbai police had seized arms at the Jawaharlal Nehru Post Trust. A cache of sophisticated weapons was found concealed in barrels full of grease at the port. The police had alleged that the consignment comprising automatic pistols and catridges had been sent by Rajan through his aide Bharat Nepali.
This case had taken a bloody turn when a key witness in the case Narsingh Modi was murdered in the year 2006. The police had made several arrests in this case. However the accused persons had argued that there are plenty of contradictions in the police version. Rajan will be tried in this case.
The murder case of J Dey:
On June 11 2011 senior journalist J Dey was returning home after meeting his mother. As he reached Powai in Mumbai four men shot him and Dey was taken to hospital where he was reported brought dead. During the probe the Mumbai crime branch alleged that it was his reporting on the oil mafia which could have resulted in the murder.
It was also alleged that Chhota Rajan was the mastermind of this murder. Further the police stated that Dey had written that it was Rajan who had masterminded the murder attempt on Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar.