Mumbai: A special court on Thursday rejected the
police plea to conduct narco-analysis test on journalist Jigna
Vora, arrested in connection with the murder of crime reporter
J Dey, but extended her police custody till December 5.
Public Prosecutor Dileep Shah sought eight-day extension
in remand of Vora, saying she had sold her mobile phone and
police want to find out who the purchaser was. Her cellphone
details are also needed to be retrieved.
However, Special Judge at the Maharashtra Control of
Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court granted only four-day remand
extension of the woman scribe, Deputy Bureau chief of English
daily 'The Asian Age', who was arrested on November 25.
Police also sought permission to conduct narco-analysis
test on the journalist as part of their probe into the
sensational murder, in which ten members of the Chhota Rajan
gang have already been arrested.
Vora, the eleventh accused, is suspected to have provided
vital information about Dey, working with English tabloid
'Mid-Day', to the gang members. Dey was shot dead in suburban
Powai on June 11.
However, Vora's lawyer argued that her client has
expressed unwillingness to undergo the test following which
the court rejected the police plea.
An accused cannot be subjected to a narco test without
his/her consent as it amounted to testimonial compulsion and
violated Articles 20 (3) and 21 of the Constitution, he said.
In a related development, the court granted till Monday
the police custody of another arrested accused Paulson Joseph,
an alleged aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan, currently
lodged in Arthur Road Jail here.
The custody was granted after the prosecution stated that
the police wanted to confront Vora and Joseph.
Joseph had allegedly provided global SIM cards to the
accused involved in the murder of Dey as well as a firing
case in May. The cards were procured from Dubai, police said.
Before being apprehended in Dey's case, Joseph was
held in the May 17 firing at Pakmodia street here in which
Arif Syed Abu Bukha, bodyguard-cum-driver of Iqbal Kaskar,
brother of Dawood Ibrahim, was killed.
First Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 10:08