The deportation of underworld don Chhota Rajan will be delayed as Bali airport remained shut on Wednesday following a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island on Tuesday that disrupted flights.

All formalities for the deporting of Chhota Rajan have been completed by the Indian police team which arrived Bali on Sunday. The most wanted criminal is expected to be taken to India in a special aircraft sent from India.

Indian police and officials had met the underworld don at his detention centre in Bali on Monday. 

An Interpol official said that the clearance to deport Chhota Rajan was given on Tuesday and that he will be deported to India by night, ANI news agency reported. They were hoping to take him back on Tuesday night but Mount Rinjani, located on Lambok island near Bali, erupted on Tuesday morning, sending volcanic ash into the air. 

According to Channel News Asia, the ash cloud from the eruption has led airlines such as Jetstar and Virgin Australia to cancel their flights for Tuesday. 

The arrest of Chhota Rajan, whose real name is Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, brought to an end a two-decade-long hunt for the gangster who is wanted for a series of crimes including murder and extortion.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has reportedly said that the gangster will be brought to Mumbai. He is likely to be kept at the Arthur Road prison.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had reportedly made a request to the Indonesian police through the Interpol to arrest Chhota Rajan after receiving a tip-off from Australian police. 

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