Obed Radiowala, who is a wanted accused in the 2014 firing on filmmaker Karim Morani and for the conspiracy to kill filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, was apprehended in the US and had been in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since September 2017 for illegally staying in the country.
Pujari has employed a top lawyer in Senegal, for fees in the range of Rs 7 crore, and is likely to contest the extradition procedure, police officers said. Since Senegal does not have capital punishment, the extradition process may require a guarantee that Pujari will not be executed if convicted under Indian laws.
While the extradition process could take a few months after the Indian government and Pujari are both given a hearing, if Senegal agrees to deport Pujari, he could be in the country within a matter of days.
According to officers, like Rajan was said to have been used as an asset by agencies to target 1993 blasts-accused Dawood Ibrahim’s infrastructure, Pujari tried to demonstrate his dislike for Pakistan-linked dons, and those alleged to be part of jihadi terror infrastructure.
Pratik Sinha, who runs web portal Alt News that exposes fake news and messages, had also allegedly received threat calls from a person claiming to be Ravi Pujari. Pujari had told Sinha to stop writing or else he would be shot dead.
Ravi Pujari aspired for the same title that his former boss Chhota Rajan did: that of a ‘hindu don’ or 'the patriot don' – a tag coveted by several estranged Rajan gang members to get protection of a section in the Indian security establishment.