Chhota Rajan sent to 14-day judicial custody; to be lodged in Tihar jail

New Delhi: Long-absconding underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan was sent in judicial custody to Tihar jail by a Delhi court on Wednesday in a fake passport case, a CBI official said.

"Special Judge O.P. Saini sent Chhota Rajan to judicial custody till December 3 after the CBI told him he was not required for further police custody," sources told IANS.

The sources said the court hearing took place at the CBI headquarters here under tight security where the don was presented after the expiry of his CBI custody.

On November 16, the court had extended the CBI custody of Chhota Rajan till November 19.

The fugitive don - who was arrested by Indonesian Police on October 25 - arrived at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on November 6 in a special aircraft, accompanied by officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation, and Mumbai and Delhi police. He was taken straight to the CBI headquarters here under tight security.

Rajan is wanted for over 85 crimes, ranging from murder to extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking. Apart from Maharashtra, he has cases against him in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and with the CBI.

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