Fake Passport case: Chhota Rajan sentenced to seven years in jail

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Chhota Rajan sentenced for seven years in jail
Chhota Rajan sentenced for seven years in jail

New Delhi : A CBI court in New Delhi on Tuesday sentenced underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan to seven years in jail for holding a fake passport.

It is the first case in which Rajan, who is facing nearly 85 cases, was found guilty.

Besides Chhota Rajan, others convicted by Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal are former passport officials Jayashree Dattatray Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalitha Lakshmanan.

On June 8, 2016, the court framed charges against Chhota Rajan as well as Rahate, Shah and Lakshmanan.

The CBI chargesheet alleged that Chhota Rajan got himself issued a fake passport in the name of Mohan Kumar from Bengaluru in 1998-99 in connivance with Rahate, Shah and Lakshmanan.

The court said Chhota Rajan submitted an application on December 10, 1998, at the Regional Passport Office in Bengaluru for reissuance of a passport he claimed to hold. 

But the passport, which was expiring (F-004555), was in the name of Enayath Akmal Khan.

The CBI chargesheet said this claim of Mohan Kumar was accepted by Lakshmanan.

Rahate, who worked as Superintendent and Passport Granting Officer, abused his official position and corrected the date of birth as per the old passport from July 24, 1969 to July 24, 1959 and granted her approval for its issuance, the court observed. 

Rajan is accused in nearly 85 cases, ranging from murder to extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking. He has cases pending against him in Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and those registered by the CBI.

The don was arrested in Indonesia in October 2015 and deported to India the next month.