Rajan, 55, was to be taken to India by a special aircraft last night but it was deferred till today due to the volcanic eruption. He continued to be in detention in Denpasar.
    
Local authorities had closed the Ngurah Rai International Airport here late yesterday due to a large ash cloud drifting from Mount Rinjani, an active volcano on the nearby island.
    
It is expected that Rajan, who was arrested in thispopular tourist town on his arrival from Australia on October 25, would be deported tomorrow if conditions allow, sources said.
    
The Indian agencies were keen that the deportation takes place at the earliest and had put in a request to Indonesian authorities on Sunday itself, sources said. Formalities for deportation have been almost completed, they said.
    
Rajan, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, was wanted in India for several years and was arrested following a tip off from Australian authorities.
    
An Indian Police team, which arrived here on Sunday, has completed all formalities for taking custody of Rajan and flying him to India, where he is one of the most wanted criminals.
    
Rajan is wanted in over 75 heinous crimes ranging from murder, extortion to smuggling and drug trafficking. Rajan was arrested in Bali on the basis of a Red Corner Notice from Interpol and following a tip off by Australian authorities to the police in Indonesia.

 

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