Mumbai – Indradev Pandey
A special CBI court in Mumbai has sentenced gangster Chhota Rajan to 10 years in jail in the 2013 case of bookie-turned-builder Ajay Gosalia’s attempted murder.
Chhota Rajan was found guilty by the court on Tuesday along with other co-accused who were also sentenced to 10 years in prison. Rajan has also been imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh.
According to the prosecution, 52-year-old Ajay Gosalia alias Ganda, a bookie-turned-builder, was shot at by three people on August 28, 2013, while he was exiting Infiniti Mall in Malad (West). The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleged that the firing was ordered by Rajan who had asked his trusted lieutenant Satish Kalia to carry out the attack.
Gosalia had sustained severe injuries but miraculously escaped death as the bullet had hit a large gold pendant.
An FIR was registered on August 2013 at Bangur Nagar police station under attempt to murder and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act against unknown people. The case was transferred to DCB CID of Mumbai Police a few days later and the Maharashtra Control of Organised Act (MCOCA) was applied in the case. Chargesheet was filed in November 2013 by the special unit against seven accused.
Three accused — Prakash Nikam, Satish Kalia and Chhota Rajan — were wanted in the case. However, later on, Nikam and Kalia were arrested in the murder case of journalist J Dey and were also chargesheeted by the investigating agency in Gosalia’s case.
After Rajan’s deportation from Bali to India, the case was transferred to the CBI. He was taken into custody by CBI in this case on April 21, 2016. The charges were finally framed by a Mumbai court against eight accused in the case.
Rajan has already been sentenced to life in the murder case of journalist J Dey.
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