Former Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has claimed that the Indian government has a special relationship with underworld don Chhota Rajan, who was deported from Bali in November last year. Kumar made the assertion during a session at the Delhi Literature Fest late last evening with journalist Avirook Sen.
“The short answer- yes there is,” Kumar said to Sen’s question. Kumar reiterated his statement when session moderator Madhu Trehan asked him whether this was a fact or just hearsay.
“If I say it, it is true,” he said. The former top Delhi police officer in his tell-all memoir “Dial D for Don” had claimed that he had received a call from Dawood Ibrahim in June 2013. Kumar had written that post the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, he had telephonic conversations with the fugitive mob boss on three different occasions.
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The book, which was released last year, also was in the news for its disclosure that that at one point in the 1990s Dawood wanted to surrender.
Responding to a question, Kumar said that all hopes must not be pinned on Chhota Rajan in order to get to Dawood.
“There is hope in a manner of speaking, but let us not pin all our hopes on Chhota Rajan,” Kumar said. Chhota Rajan, a former aide of Dawood, is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
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The session also saw Kumar sharing some of his recollections from controversial cases over his long career, including the Ansal Plaza shootout and the Mandal Commission protests.