Mumbai: Mumbai Police has registered an FIR against fugitive gangster Chhota Shakeel’s alleged aide Riyaz Bhati for threatening a witness from jail in the extortion case registered against him, an official said on Monday.
Bhati is lodged in a Mumbai jail in an extortion case, in which Shakeel’s brother-in-law Salim Fruit and five others are also accused.
Mumbai Police had invoked provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) in the case and all the accused are currently in judicial custody.
According to the latest FIR registered against Bhati by the Khar police here last week, a 43-year-old businessman alleged that a man named Rajesh Bajaj, whom he knew for the last 10 years, had blackmailed him into giving a favorable statement in the court. Had threatened. A case has been registered against Bhati at Versova police station.
The officer said Bajaj had also taken the businessman to Versova police station, where Bhati met him and allegedly threatened him into giving a statement in his favor.
In 2021, a friend of the businessman had filed a case against Bhati at Versova Police Station.
According to the complaint, Bhati had introduced his wife to the businessman’s associate, saying that she was his friend.
The FIR mentions that Bhati allegedly threatened his wife and forced her to have sex with the businessman and his friend by luring him with money.
Later, Bhati allegedly extorted money from the businessman and his friend for sexual relations with his wife.
In August this year, Bajaj had threatened the businessman not to mess with Chhota Shakeel gang.
The FIR states that on November 4, when the businessman was to appear in court in a case registered with the Versova police, he received a call from Bhati, who asked him to ask others (witnesses) not to file a complaint against him. .
The businessman was shocked because he knew that Bhati was behind bars. He then asked his friend to record the conversation and put the call on speaker mode.
The officer said that after recording the conversation, the businessman contacted Khar police and lodged a complaint against Bhati, his son and Bajaj.
Based on the complaint, an FIR was registered against Bhati and others under sections 195A (intimidating a person to make a false statement), 506-2 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
Police said that the matter is being investigated.
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