Who is talking to media on Dey murder probe? HC

The Bombay High Court asked the state government to find out who in Mumbai police`s crime branch was leaking information about investigation into the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey to the media.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2011, 21:36 PM IST

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked
the state government to find out who in Mumbai police`s crime
branch was leaking information about investigation into the
murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey to the media.

"Police will have to explain and find out who is this
officer who is talking to the press. This tendency of
revealing information about the probe to the media is serious.
What is the need for police to talk to media about a case when
investigations are still on?" said the division bench of
Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More.

The bench, which was hearing a bunch of public interest
litigations seeking CBI probe of the murder, directed Advocate
General Ravi Kadam to tell the court tomorrow the name of the
police officer who was giving interviews, and if it was the
police who were approaching the media or it was other way
round.
The court also pointed out, without naming him, that the
photograph of Satish Kalia, the prime accused, appeared on
news channels and in papers.

"One of the accused lifted his veil when he was being
taken out of the court and his face was photographed and
printed in every newspaper. Such things will have to be taken
care of," Justice More remarked.
The state will also have to reply to the allegations of
nexus between the police and the underworld, court said.

Advocate V P Patil, journalist S Balakrishnan, former
journalist Ketan Tirodkar, and Press Club, Mumbai, separately
moved the court after Dey was shot dead on June 11 in suburban
Powai. The crime branch has subsequently arrested eight
persons for allegedly carrying out the murder at the behest of
gangster Chhota Rajan.

PTI