Wanted criminal Ravi Pujari, accused of multiple heinous crimes, was extradited to India on Monday, police said. Pujari, who was brought to Bengaluru this morning, arrived at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport accompanied by a team of senior police officers.
Pujari was apprehended in South Africa in a joint operation by the South African police and Senegal security agencies and was later extradited to Senegal.
Pujari, missing for 15 years, has 39 cases registered against him in Mangaluru and 37 cases in Bengaluru alone. Over 70 cases of extortion are registered against him in Gujarat.
He was arrested in Senegal in West Africa in January 2019 but he jumped bail and fled to South Africa, where he was allegedly involved in drug trafficking and extortion racket.
According to Indian Intelligence, Pujari was hiding under the identity of Anthony Fernandes, a Burkina Faso passport holder, and was staying in a remote village of South Africa.
Last week, the Supreme Court of Senegal had rejected Pujari’s request challenging his extradition to India.
Pujari will be produced before a court in Bengaluru today, confirmed the Additional Director-General of Police Amar Kumar Pandey.
“He is physically fit. Questioning will begin from tomorrow (Monday). First, we have to take him to the magistrate. He will be produced before the court tomorrow (Monday). He is supporting our investigation and answering questions,” the officer said.
Ravi Pujari first drew the attention in early 2000s when he started extorting eminent Bollywood personalities and builders.