"Dreaded" gangster Ravi Mallesh Bora alias DK Rao, allegedly a Chhota Rajan aide who has spent about 10 years in prison has filed a bail application for the first time before the special MCOCA court. He has said he is not part of any gang and has "no criminal antecedents to his discredit".
Claiming that he is not a member of any gang or organised crime syndicate, Rao in his bail application stated that he was not even "remotely concerned" with any kind of violence, threats, intimidation, or coercion.
He says he had his "own lawful source of earning and that there is no question of gaining any pecuniary benefit" from criminal activities.
Rao also stated that since his case was "on better footing" than accused Fareed Tanasha who was granted bail by the court, he was entitled to bail on principles of parity.
"Rao has roots in society and is young. Detaining the applicant will not only damage his reputation but would also damage his career. The applicant belongs to a good family," states the bail application.
However, special public prosecutor, Jimmy Madon has opposed the application stating that if granted bail, Rao would abscond. The case will now be heard on Monday.
The reply filed Madon lists 26 criminal cases against him across the city, starting with dacoity and armed robbery in 1994 and more serious crimes like murder since 1997.
Rao even has cases booked against him in Mapusa, Goa and Nashik.
Rao was sentenced to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment by the trial court in a case of attempt to murder registered at the Dadar police station in 1998. While he was serving his sentence, he was implicated in the murder case of a Dawood gang member, OP Singh in Nashik prison in 2002. In the meantime, he was acquitted in the 1998 case by the Bombay High Court.
"Rao is an undertrial in the Nashik case and has been given bail by the trial court there. He has been acquitted in all other cases. Therefore, I preferred a bail application," said his lawyer Mahesh Mule.
While in custody in the Arthur Road jail, he was arrested for using cell phones to contact his gang members, Vicky Malhotra, Fareed Tanasha, Nannu and others. While serving his sentence, Rao was arrested on December 15, 2005 and slapped with the stringent MCOCA. The crime branch had recovered a part of a mobile handset and an iron dumbbell, which the police claimed was used for breaking the handset. The pieces of the phone were found in the in the manhole at Arthur Road jail.
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