Mumbai: Journalist Jigna Vora, arrested in
the murder of senior crime reporter J Dey, invited the
suspicion of investigators when she claimed she never spoke to
gangster Chhota Rajan on phone, an assertion not backed by
facts, police said on Monday.
"When she (Vora) was called for questioning for the first
time, she was evasive and claimed she never spoke to Rajan.
When she was called for the second time, she was told how her
phone call records showed otherwise," Joint Police
Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters here.
"This was one of the contradictions she had made during
questioning that led investigators to doubt her claims. There
were numerous calls between her and Rajan," Roy added.
Dey, working with English tabloid Mid-Day, was shot dead
in suburban Powai on June 11 by assailants who followed him on
motorcycles. The murder was allegedly executed at the behest
Vora, Deputy Bureau Chief of English daily The Asian Age,
was arrested on November 25. Besides IPC, 37-year-old was
booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised
Crime Act (MCOCA) for alleged role in the murder.
Vora is suspected to have provided information about Dey
to the overseas-based Rajan.
Police said her mobile phone, laptop data and the mirror
image of stories and other data collected from her office were
sent for forensic analysis.
"We are also examining if she had deleted any material.
She is cooperating during interrogation."
Vora`s arrest has definitely strengthened the case, Roy
said responding to a query. "There were some gaps in the case
which have not been filled up yet.”
The charge sheet will be filed next week, Roy said,
adding, "We are yet to take a call on whether the case details
pertaining to Vora should be mentioned in the charge sheet or
file a supplementary charge sheet."
Police reiterated they have enough evidence to back their
claims that Vora, the eleventh accused to be arrested and
remanded in police custody till December 1, had shared vital
information about Dey with Rajan.
"Our case is that she parted with Dey`s information to
Rajan. If she rubbishes our claims, then the onus is on her to
prove her innocence in the court," Roy said.
As part of the probe, her bank accounts will be examined,
Roy said, adding, "May be since 2009, Vora had come in contact
with Rajan through the gangster`s aide Farid Tanasha."
Tanasha was murdered last year.
All 10 accused apprehended earlier are members of the
Chhota Rajan gang.