Dey case: Court’s nod sought to quiz Rajan`s aide

Mumbai police moved an application in MCOCA court seeking custody of Paulson Joseph, lodged in a jail for his role in the J Dey murder.

Mumbai: The city police moved an application
in the MCOCA court on Tuesday seeking custody of suspected Chhota
Rajan aide Paulson Joseph, lodged in a jail for his role in
the J Dey murder, as they doubt he may have met the woman
journalist arrested recently before the sensational killing.

Joseph, the tenth accused in the killing of the senior
journalist with English tabloid Mid-Day, was arrested on
September 5. He is currently lodged in the Arthur Road jail.

"We have moved an application in the MCOCA court today
seeking Joseph`s custody as we want to question him again in
connection with Dey`s case," Assistant Police Commissioner
(Crime) Ashok Duraphe said.

The arguments on the application will be held in the
court tomorrow, he said.

According to police sources, Joseph`s custody is required
at this "crucial stage of investigation" as recently arrested
woman journalist Jigna Vora was suspected to have met him
before Dey`s killing.

"We want to know what Joseph and Vora had spoken if they
had met. We want both of them to confront each other and ask
some questions that will clear the picture," the source said.

Dey was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11 by
assailants who followed him on motorcycles. The murder was
allegedly executed at the behest of Rajan.

Vora, deputy bureau chief of English daily The Asian Age,
was arrested on November 25. Besides IPC, 37-year-old was
booked under the MCOCA for her alleged role in the murder.

Before he was apprehended in Dey`s case, Joseph was
behind bars in the case of Pakmodia street firing occurred on
May 17 in which Arif Syed Abu Bukha, the bodyguard-cum-driver
of Iqbal Kaskar, brother of Dawood Ibrahim, was killed. Kaskar
was not present at the time when the incident occurred.

Joseph had allegedly provided global SIM cards to the
accused involved in the murder of Dey as well as Pakmodia
street firing case.