‘Shetty helped injured Rajan get out of hospital’

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 21:12

Mumbai: Extradited gangster Santosh Shetty,
arrested on Wednesday in a second fake passport case, had used his
mountaineering skills to get his severely injured former boss
Chhota Rajan out of a Bangkok hospital in 2000, police said.

"Shetty has been arrested in another fake passport case
in which two of his aides, including one Badresh Shah, had
been held in February. In this fake passport case, he was
remanded in police custody till August 26," Joint Police
Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said here.

Shetty, who was brought here from Thailand on August 12,
was arrested for obtaining a passport from Kolkata under the
fictitious name of Nicholas Sharma. He was produced before the
court today in the first fake passport case in which his
custody was extended till August 25, Roy said.

According to the police, the association between Rajan
and Shetty had strengthened after the former helped Rajan
escape from a Bangkok hospital in September 2000.

Rajan had been hospitalised after being severely injured
in a murderous attack by rival Dawood Ibrahim`s gang members
in the Thai capital.

"During interrogation, Shetty revealed he had used
mountaineering techniques to get Rajan out of the hospital
amid tight security of Thai police," said a Mumbai Police
officer.

It was Shetty who saved Rajan from being killed in the
attack. While undergoing treatment, Rajan wanted to escape
from the custody of Thai cops, police said.

Meanwhile, Shetty today moved an application in a local court seeking to exercise the `Right to Silence` against self
incrimination.

Shetty, who was produced before the court for remand
today, also moved several applications.

The right against self-incrimination is incorporated
in clause (3) of Article 20 of the Constitution.

In an application filed before the court here Shetty
said he did not want to give any confession, which is an
admissible evidence in the court of law, before the
magistrate.

The former Chhota Rajan aide also said that he wanted
to exercise `Right to Silence`, adding he was not a drug
addict.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 21:12

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