New Delhi, June 19: Rajesh alias Pandit K Aggarwal, a close aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan, was arrested by the Pune crime branch, a news agency ANI reported on Tuesday. He was arrested in Delhi and was brought to Pune in connection with the murder of a Pune-based builder Deven Shah. According to the police, construction worker Deven Shah was shot dead in the Sallyi apartment on Prabhat Road on January 13 this year.

The assailants had fired five rounds at Devendra Shah in front of his son on the plush Prabhat Road around midnight. Two of the bullets hit Shah. The builder was rushed to a nearby private hospital where he succumbed during treatment.

According to media reports, police had arrested six accused in this murder case.  Pandit Agarwal, the main accused in the case, was being searched in many states in the country. The crime branch had received information that Pandit was in Delhi. Reportedly special squad left for Delhi and he was arrested. Police said that Agarwal will be produced before the court tomorrow (Wednesday).

Chhota Rajan was arrested at the Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25, 2015, and deported to India. Rajan, an underworld don born in Mumbai’s Chembur area was once a right-hand man to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. But after the 1992 riots, he separated from his Ibrahim. Rajan is wanted in many major cases that include extortion, murder, smuggling, drug trafficking and film finance. He is wanted in 17 murder cases and several more attempt to murder case registered in Mumbai.

Recently, he was convicted in the journalist Jyotirmoy Dey (J Dey) murder case. The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court in Mumbai had acquitted journalists Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen in the case. Dey was shot dead on June 11, 2011, in the Powai area of Mumbai.

The court had, on August 31, 2017, framed charges against Rajan. According to the charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Rajan had the veteran crime reporter killed because he was miffed with some articles written by Dey, and also because a planned book of Dey’s portrayed Rajan as a ‘chindi’ (petty) criminal.