MUMBAI: The All India Institute of Medical Services(AIIMS)) on Friday denied the reports of underworld don Rajendra Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan’s death.
Chhota Rajan, who had tested positive for Covid-19, had been admitted to the New Delhi-based AIIMS on April 26.
Underworld don Chhota Rajan is still alive. He is admitted at AIIMS for treatment of #COVID19: AIIMS official
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Rajan, 61, was lodged in the high security Tihar prison in New Delhi since his arrest after deportation from Bali, Indonesia, in 2015.
All the criminal cases pending against him in Mumbai were transferred to the CBI and a special court was constituted to try them.
An assistant jailor of the Tihar jail telephonically had informed the sessions court that they could not produce Rajan via video conference before the judge for hearing in a case as the gangster had tested positive for Covid-19 and admitted to the AIIMS.
In 2018, Chhota Rajan was convicted and sentenced to a life term in the 2011 murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey.
Rajan was facing around 70 criminal cases pertaining to extortion and murder in Mumbai which were transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). A special court was constituted to try them.
Last week, the special CBI court in Mumbai acquitted Rajan and his aide in connection with the murder of Hanif Kadawala, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case.