Mumbai: Even when he was a free bird for nearly two decades and spreading terror in Mumbai from overseas, Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan would have never imagined that his ‘phone call’ to some journalists would prove fatal for him. Four senior journalists from Mumbai, who had received the incriminating phone call from Rajan in 2011, helped the CBI to nail the extradited gangster.
It was in 2011, after the murder of J Dey, that Rajan rang up Jitendra Dixit, Sunilkumar Singh, Nikhil Dixit and Aariz Chandra at different times from some foreign countries. In his conversations with all these journalists, he had ‘accepted’ the fact that he got Dey killed since he was ‘miffed’ over his articles and proximity to Dawood.
Rajan even ‘regretted’ killing Dey, claiming that ‘someone’ had misinform- ed him about the slain journalist.
When the trial commenced in the case, the four scribes responded to the summons of the special court. The four journalists stepped into the witness box and deposed against Rajan. They recounted their conversations on the phone and this corroborated the claims of the CBI.
Considering the testimony of these four journalists, special Judge Adkar said, “The phone calls made to these witnesses (journalists) by Chhota Rajan confessing his guilt are cogent, trustworthy and reliable. These witnesses were senior and experienced journalists. They were independent witnesses. There is nothing suspicious about their evidence. There was no reason for them to depose falsely. There is no evidence to show that there was any previous concert between these witnesses to falsely implicate Rajan in this case.