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The Central Bureau of Investigation has today filed chargesheet against Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje @ Chhota Rajan and three then officials of Regional Passport office, Bangalore (now all retired) before the Special Judge, CBI Cases, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi for allegedly obtaining an Indian Passport in the fake name of Mohan Kumar(a non-existent person).

A case was registered on 31.10.2015 against absconding accused (Shri Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje @ Chhota Rajan) and unknown public servants U/s120-B, 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 & 474 of IPC and Section 12 of Passports Act, 1967 and Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act 1988. The absconding accusedwas arrested by CBI on 6.11.2015 after his deportation from Indonesia and remained in police custody till 19.11.2015. Presently, he is in judicial custody at Tihar Jail, New Delhi.

Investigation in the case was carried out promptly on day to day basis in a professional manner. It was established that accused Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje @ Chhota Rajan dishonestly & fraudulently in criminal conspiracy with the officials of Regional Passport Office, Bangalore allegedly got issued Indian Passport on 1.01.1998 in the name of Mohan Kumar, a non-existent person. Investigation has further established that accused, on the basis of said Passport hadallegedly got issued other passport dated 19.12.2003 from High commission of India at Harare, Zimbabwe and another passport from Consulate General of India, Sydney(Australia). He had stayed in Zimbabwe and Australia in the fake identity of Mohan Kumar on the strength of said passport which was fraudulently got issued from Passport Office, Bangalore.

He was detained by Indonesian Police at Bali on 25.10.2015 on his arrival from Australia against a Red Corner Notice issued by the Interpol. Subsequently, he was handed over to CBI-Interpol (India) for his deportation to India. He was deported to India on 06.11.2015.

After thorough investigation, CBI filed a chargesheet.

The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.