Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Wednesday framed charges against gangster Chhota Rajan and three others in connection with a fake passport case. The Central Bureau of Investigation told special judge Vinod Kumar in the court that three passport officials – Jayshree Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalita Laxmanan – had conspired to issue Rajan with a fake passport to escape the law and leave India, ANI reported.
In February, the CBI had filed a chargesheet against Rajan and the three government employees. It was filed under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1998, the Indian Penal Code and the Passport Act. Criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery were among the allegations mentioned in the chargesheet.
Rajan had used a passport issued in the name of Mohan Kumar, a fictitious identity, to escape the law. “He [Rajan] was accused in several cases of heinous nature, involving charges of murder and extortion. In 1995, a Red Corner Notice was issued against him, therefore, he used a new identity to escape,” the prosecution told the court, adding that most documents recovered from the gangster were in the name of Mohan Kumar.