NEW DELHI: The CBI on Monday took over the investigation from Maharashtra police of three cases of murder and extortion allegedly masterminded by gangster Chhota Rajan.
Rajan who is presently undergoing judicial custody following his deportation from Indonesia in 2015 was booked by CBI on the request of Maharashtra government and further notification from the Centre.
The CBI had taken over a case of alleged murder and two cases of extortion against Rajan which were earlier being probed by Maharashtra police.
The first case relates to extortion and was earlier registered at Nirmal Nagar in Mumbai against unknown persons in April 1999.
"It was alleged in the complaint that during the period from March 2, 1999 to April 8, 1999, the unknown accused persons identifying themselves as Rohit, John, Ashok, etc of Chhota Rajan gang made telephonic calls to the complainant and threatened him with dire consequences to extort money to the tune of Rs 25 lakh (approx)," the CBI said in a statement.
In the second case registered at Police Station Tilak Nagar in Mumbai against two unknown persons, it was alleged that on October 7, 1998, when deceased Bala Kotiyan along with his friend was sitting at Navgrah Hotel, two unknown persons holding revolver and pistol entered the hotel and shot him dead besides injuring his friend, the statement said.
The third case registered at Navgarh relates to a case lodged on November 11, 2004 against three persons.
“It was alleged that on 31.07.2004 accused persons with common intention forcibly entered the office of complainant at Mulund (E), Mumbai posing themselves as the gang members of Chota Rajan and assaulted complainant & his servant and demanded money at gun point. The accused also damaged mobile phone/remote of the complainant. In this case, provisions of MCOC Act, 1999 were subsequently applied by State police,” the statement added.