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CBI gets custody of Chhota Rajan

Underworld don Chhota Rajan was today sent to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody by a court here, a day after he was brought from Indonesian city of Bali.

The 55-year old gangster, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, was remanded in CBI custody by a magistrate who conducted the proceedings at the CBI headquarters in view of security reasons.

On Oct 25, Rajan was arrested by the Indonesian Police, and arrived at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport at 5.30 am in a special aircraft, accompanied by officers of CBI, Delhi and Mumbai Police. He was taken directly to the CBI headquarters under tight security.

In Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress slammed the BJP-Shiv Sena government's decision to hand over around 75 cases relating to Rajan to the CBI.

The underworld don is wanted in more than 85 crimes, ranging from extortion, smuggling, drug trafficking and murder. Apart from Maharashtra, he has cases against him in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi and with the CBI.

Rajan is considered a "friendly don" because of his earlier tip-offs to Indian security agencies about the movement of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aides, the officials said.

Rajan, who was once a close aide of Dawood, parted ways with the latter before the conspiracy for the 1993 Mumbai blasts was hatched.