Ranjeet Kumar Kohli alias Rakilbul Hussain’s connections with the high and mighty, including bureaucrats, politicians and judicial officers, have put some big names under the scanner of the investigating officers in the Tara Shahdeo case
Kohli confessed to have been running a sex racket using young girls whom he lured on the pretext of arranging admission to premier educational institutes, the police said. “He used to supply girls to bureaucrats, politicians and judicial officials. Room-307 in a Ranchi hotel and two flats in a building were booked permanently to provide services to the high profile customers,” a police officer said
Earlier, the Jharkhand High Court had suspended its vigilance registrar Mustaq Ahmad after Tara alleged that he organised her nikah with Kohli alias Hussain after their marriage was solemnised as per the Hindu rituals.
Tara had also alleged that her estranged husband maintained connections with Jharkhand ministers Haji Hussain Ansari and Suresh Paswan. Besides Ansari and Paswan, the role of former Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari is likely to come under the scanner of investigating officers. After considering the sensitivity of the case, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren had given his nod for a CBI probe into the Tara Shahdeo case.
On Sunday, Namdhari admitted at a press conference that he had sought Kohli’s help in some legal matters. “When the Chatra-based family of a BJP leader, who was convicted in a murder case and got life imprisonment, approached me to help him get interim bail, I entrusted the responsibility to Kohli, whom I was introduced to, a year ago,” Namdhari said.
“Even I told Tara Shahdeo on their wedding day that I had come only because Kohli had helped me obtain bail for that person. But who knew such events would unfold within oneand-a-half months of their marriage,” he added.
Sources in the CID said that information gathered so far shows that Kohli had links with judicial officers and several influential persons in the administration. “The officials of IB, CID, Special Branch and district police interrogated him at the Jagannathpur police station. Kohli mentioned the names of 24 police officers at DSP rank,” a source said. “Most of the DSP rank officers were newly recruited while some of them are considered close to Hussain. The judicial officers include district and sessions judge,” the source said.
The Ranchi Police has claimed to gather evidence that a Bihar session judge helped Kohli escape to Delhi after Tara filed an FIR against him on August 22.
Meanwhile, the police on Sunday seized as many as 36 mobile SIM cards and 15 handsets after it carried out a raid at Kohli’s house in Blair Apartments. Police had earlier sealed the apartment along with two other houses of Kohli. The recovery also included one vehicle beacon used by VIPs, two CPUs, four printers, one projector and at least 50 empty cases of mobile handsets. A CD of their marriage too was recovered from the apartment.