IWC records four new cases against Chhota Rajan

NEW DELHI: The IWC took over the investigation into an attempt to kill a veteran journalist in 1997 and three other new cases that allegedly involve a jailed gangster, officials said Wednesday.

Baljeet Shersingh Parmar, a notorious reporter of the crime in Mumbai, was seriously injured after Rajan's motorcycle riders allegedly attacked him in front of a building on Antop Hill on June 12, 1997, they said.

The agency took over the Mumbai police FIR in the case filed under the IPC sections related to the attempted murder, they said.

The agency has registered two more cases of extortion by suspected Rajan gang members and a case related to the issuance of threats to life, officials said.

The agency has reserved Rajan and his minions Guru Satam and Suresh for allegedly demanding Rs 20 lakh as extortion money from businessman Devang Bipin Parikh in 1995, they said.

The other case concerns the alleged lawsuit of Rs 25 lakh in 1998 of a man named Ghisulal Jain by Hemant, who is believed to be a member of the Rajan gang, they said.

Mumbai police had filed charge sheets in both cases, but Rajan continued to flee, they said.

The last case is related to threats issued to the life of builder Shabbir N Patel and his son in 1996, they said.

In November of last year, the IWC took over more than 10 cases, including extortion and murder cases, in which Rajan was allegedly involved. These cases were recorded over a period of 14 years since 1992, they said.

These cases include the murder of union leader Datta Samant in 1997 in Mumbai in which Rajan's role is suspected, they said.

Rajan was arrested at the Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25, 2015 and deported to India. He is charged in about 70 cases, including the murder case of J Dey in 2011.

The Maharashtra government has delivered all these cases to CBI.