Chhota Rajan, the underworld don who is presently lodged in Tihar jail, has claimed that he is a “true patriot” and that he has been fighting against terrorism for 25 years.
According to a report in Mail Today, Chhota Rajan told a special CBI court in Delhi on Tuesday that he remained hidden in Australia for over a decade using the fake passport that Indian agencies had provided to him.
Rajan was nabbed in October last year by Indonesian police on the resort island of Bali. He was later extradited to India as he was wanted in more than two dozen murder cases here.
The CBI, however, claimed in the court that at least three government officials, who are also on trial, conspired to issue the passport to him with the name Mohan Kumar, in complete violation of procedures.
Chhota Rajan pointed out that he never misused these passports and used it only for fighting against terrorism.
Rajan refused to share details of his fight against terror saying it will not be in the national interest.
“I have never misused the passport but only used it for fighting against terrorism. I do not wish to bring on record the various activities which I have performed in my fight against terrorism and in favour of my country. All details are being withheld in national interest," Rajan told the court.
Chhota Rajan told the court that the 1993 Mumbai blasts were plotted by his former boss, Dawood Ibrahim, in connivance with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
More than 250 people were killed and 700 injured in these blasts.
Rajan claimed in the court that the loss of so many lives had upset him greatly and he finally decided to part ways with Dawood Ibrahim.