New Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI) The CBI has taken over the investigation into the killing of famous trade union leader Datta Samant in 1997 in Mumbai, in which the role of jailed gangster Chhota Rajan is suspected, officials said on Thursday.
This is among the 10 cases registered by the probe agency pertaining to alleged involvement of Rajan in cases related to extortion, murder and threats, among others, spread over a 14-year period since 1992, they said.
Samant, an influential trade union leader, was shot dead on January 16, 1997, when he was travelling in his Jeep towards his office in Pant Nagar, Mumbai, the officials said.
The assailants, who came on a motorcycle, had fired 17 bullets, killing the labour leader responsible for the famous 1981 Mumbai textile mill workers' year-long strike.
The case was registered by the Mumbai police which was handed over to the CBI in 2015 along with 70 other cases after the capture of Rajan in Indonesia and his subsequent deportation to India.
One of the alleged shooters in the murder, Vijaykumar Chaudhary, was killed in an encounter with Mumbai police in 2007 in Kolhapur.
According to the procedure, the CBI has taken over the FIR of Mumbai police registered on the basis of statement of Samant's driver and re-registered as its case.
The other cases registered by the CBI pertain to extortion, Bhandup rioting and murder in 1992, firing and attempt to murder of an Andheri resident in 2004, among others.
Rajan, who has been convicted in a number of cases, is lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi after his deportation in 2015. PTI ABS UJN ABS NSD DIV DIV