Mumbai: The CBI has taken over the probe into the murder of Hanif Kadawala, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case who gave an AK-56 rifle to actor Sanjay Dutt, and registered a case against gangster Chhota Rajan and his accomplices in this regard.
The agency has taken over the probe into the case after a reference from the Maharashtra government. The case has been registered against Chhota Rajan and his associate Guru Satam under IPC 302 and Arms Act in connection with Kadawala's murder. It is alleged that Kadawala transported weapons to Mumbai on the instruction of Tiger Menon that were used in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. He was murdered on February 7, 2001 in his office by three men.
After the initial probe, Mumbai police suspected that the killing was a handiwork of Rajan after the 12 blasts that had left 257 dead and more than 700 injured. Chhota Rajan, once a confidant of Dawood Ibrahim parted ways from him after the attack. According to an investigation, Kadawala dumped the weapon consignment used in the blasts in Sanjay Dutt's garage, who was later arrested under the Arms Act. Kadawala was arrested on April 16, 1993 under TADA but was released on bail five years later.
In 2001, it was alleged that a person introducing himself as Yusuf repeatedly sought appointment with Kadawala regarding some business tie ups and in February 2001, three persons entered his office in Bandra and killed him. During investigation, it surfaced that killers were acting on the orders of Chhota Rajan.
Rajan was arrested at Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25 last year and deported to India. He is an accused in around 70 cases in Maharashtra, including the 2011 J Dey murder case. The Maharashtra government has handed over all these cases to CBI.