The fugitive gangster Kumar Pillai, was arrested in Singapore during early 2016, was brought to Mumbai by a 5-member team of the Mumbai crime branch, after his extradition formalities were completed. He was on the run for around 17 years.
Krishna Pillai, was born to a Malayali couple settled in Vikhroli, left the country after murdering his father's killer, Lalsingh Chavan, in 1997. Chavan had allegedly killed Pillai's father to grab his property. After leaving India, Pillai settled in China, and through his extortion syndicate established a mobile phone business, now worth Rs 100 crore. He also has vast business in Hong Kong and Singapore.
According to the police, he had bought properties in Singapore and Hong Kong. He was in the custody of the Singapore police, who handed him over to the Mumbai crime branch.
The Mumbai crime branch had carried along with them copies of first information reports, statements of complainants and witnesses, fingerprints, old photographs, court documents and DNA of his old mother to present their case before the Singapore authorities.
His lawyer however furnished business documents to represent him as a top mobile phone and accessories dealer in Hong Kong, besides documents showing he was a Hong Kong citizen paying the highest taxes to the government.
His arrest was the result of a prolonged joint effort between Indian and Singapore law enforcement agencies. Pillai also reportedly had a very close link with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).