Mumbai police not trusted, Delhi cops to quiz
Many eyebrows were raised in the security establishment when Delhi police, after the CBI, was roped into the operation to bring Chhota Rajan back to India. TOI was told by reliable sources, holding senior positions in the security establishment, that the Centre is not comfortable in allowing Mumbai police to handle the Rajan case. Delhi police, which reports to the Centre, is considered more reliable.
Moreover, Rajan has long been an asset for Indian intelligence agencies against Dawood Ibrahim and his empire. Any further blow to him will not only put the "credibility of Indian agencies at stake", but also shake the confidence of its agents and informers globally, the officer said. Delhi police may get to interrogate Rajan "on merit" after he arrives in the Capital on Tuesday or Wednesday.
This would be in connection with an FIR they had registered against him for an extortion call which the don had allegedly made in 2011 to a southeast Delhi businessman. The two-member team has taken along documents pertaining to this case along with that of six other FIRs registered against Rajan's men in west and southeast Delhi in 1999 and 2001, respectively.
Elaborating on why Delhi police apart from the CBI, which is the usual coordinating agency in such offshore cases, was involved, sources said that Mumbai police do not hold a "good record" in the eyes of Indian intelligence when it comes to Rajan. One of its operation in 2005, wherein Mumbai sleuths had cornered a former intelligence chief, who now holds a key position in the government, near Ashoka hotel in Delhi, along with two of Rajan's associates, is a case in point. The Mumbai team, allegedly tipped off by the D-Company, had refused to let go of Vicky Malhotra and his aide Farid Tanasha despite the officer repeatedly telling them that they were assisting the Indian intelligence.
Second, it was Delhi Police which had tapped conversation between Chhota Shakeel and three of Rajan's men, including a Chembur-based hawala operator and his cook, wherein the latter were tipping off Shakeel about Rajan's locations in Australia. The intercepts were conveyed to the highest level in the government by the Delhi police chief in mid-April this year. As reported by TOI in July, the operation had saved Rajan's life, as he was mysteriously informed about the plans and went underground thereafter.
Delhi Police have seven cases registered against Rajan and his associate. The special cell team, which includes DCP Pramod Kushwah and inspector Rahul, have also taken along details of these cases. Five of these cases were registered in one go after the special cell had nabbed Rajan's men, including Farid Tanasha and others in 1999. In 2011, another FIR was registered in Kalkaji when Rajan's close aide O P Singh was arrested in 2001. The seventh FIR was the first and last which involved Rajan directly.