Mumbai: A local court on Tuesday remanded a close
aide of Chhota Rajan in 10-day police custody in connection
with the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, as the
Crime Branch sought to probe the trail of finances allegedly
arranged by him for the crime, a senior official said.
Paulson Joseph, the tenth suspect arrested yesterday from
Chembur, was today produced before a local court which
remanded him in police custody till September 16.
While seeking the remand, police claimed Joseph had
provided global roaming SIM cards with fake names to the
accused who killed the 56-year-old scribe.
"We wanted to know from where Joseph had procured these
SIM cards and how he was financed and by whom. One of his
businessman friends Ravi would be made a witness in the case.
Ravi`s statements will help us strengthen the case against
Joseph," a crime branch officer said.
According to sources in the crime branch, Joseph, who had
been handling the don`s financial matters in the city, was in
continuous touch with Rajan as well as the arrested accused to
execute the killing of the senior journalist.
Dey, editor (Investigations) with MidDay, was shot dead
by four motorcycle-borne assailants in suburban Powai on June
Police had claimed the scribe was eliminated at the
behest of Rajan, who paid Rs 5 lakh to the accused. However,
they said the motive behind the killing was not yet clear.
Police have so far arrested nine accused, including
builder Vinod Asrani, and sharp shooters.
Joseph is the same person who had organised a Christmas
eve bash at Chembur in 2009 that saw five policemen, including
a deputy police commissioner, suspended after the cops were
caught on camera partying with the gangsters.