Ravi Pujari’s custody eludes Mumbai Police 18 months after extradition

Written by Mohamed Thaver
| Mumbai |

September 20, 2020 2:51:41 am

Gangster Ravi Pujari.

More than a yr and a half after gangster Ravi Pujari was extradited to India, the Mumbai Police is but to get his custody from its counterpart in Karnataka.

The newest obstacle for the Mumbai Police crime department has been a petition filed by Pujari earlier than the Karnataka High Court looking for that he be transferred to Mumbai and Kerala police custody solely after the trials within the main instances towards him in Karnataka are full. The Mumbai Police is more likely to oppose this earlier than the Karnataka HC throughout the subsequent listening to within the matter.

A senior crime department officer mentioned, “Pujari has approached the Bengaluru bench of the Karnataka High Court seeking that the Mumbai or Kerala police should not be given his custody till the time the trials against him are underway in Karnataka.”

Pujari’s lawyer Dilraj Sequeira instructed The Sunday Express, “We had filed the application earlier this year, however, due to Covid-19 it was listed last month. Currently, trials against the main cases registered against Pujari are underway and witnesses have to identify him in court. We want the trial to be carried out expeditiously in the main cases after which he can be handed over to the custody of other state police forces.” Sequeira added the courtroom heard the matter and has requested for the response of the opposite events concerned.

A Mumbai Police crime department officer mentioned until the time the courtroom points an order they can not take the gangster’s custody. According to Sequeira, Pujari faces 107 instances in Karnataka. While the CBI extradited Pujari in reference to one case, they must coordinate with authorities in Senegal, from the place Pujari was arrested by way of Interpol, to acquire permission to strive him in different instances, a Mumbai police officer mentioned. In Mumbai, Pujari has been named as an accused in no less than 49 instances. Of these, practically 26 are below the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and a red-corner discover had been issued towards him in no less than 11 instances. The Mumbai Police has determined to cost him solely in 19 instances after the CBI took over the probe in a number of the instances the place gangster Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan — deported to India from Indonesia in 2015 — was additionally named as accused. Pujari was earlier part of the Rajan gang earlier than he break up and fashioned his personal gang.

The expenses towards Pujari vary from homicide to extortion. Some of those instances contain the 1995 homicide of builder Om Prakash Kukreja and extortion calls to Bollywood celebrities. Pujari was extradited from the West African nation the place he was staying below a distinct identify. He was extradited to India in February 2019, after which the Karnataka police secured his custody.

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