Mumbai: A Patiala House Court on Tuesday awarded seven years jail to Indian Ganster Chhota Rajan along with three others in connection with the fake passport case. Rajan had been found guilty in a New Delhi court on Monday of using a fake passport to flee the country in the late 1990s. Three retired government officials were also convicted of helping Rajan acquire the forged document.
The court has also imposed Rs 15000 fined to each of them.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had said that three passport officials – Jayshree Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalita Laxmanan – had conspired to issue Rajan with a fake passport. Rajan had used a passport issued in the name of Mohan Kumar, a fictitious identity, to escape the law and leave India.
According to the Press Trust of India news agency, the court said, “All accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy to do an illegal act by illegal means. Accused Rajan intentionally and knowingly furnished false information with false address and other particulars whereas in furtherance of the criminal conspiracy.”
All four accused have been convicted of offences under sections 420 (cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security or will), 419 (cheating by impersonation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and section 12 (offences and penalties) of the Passport Act.
As per the reports, the three retired government officials are outon bail, while Rajan is in judicial Custody.
Rajan is suspected of involvement in dozens of crimes including murder, exortion and drug trafficking. He dodged police for years even though Interpol flagged him in 1995 as a wanted man.