J Dey case: Rajan aide gets 10-day police custody
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 00:39
  
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 11.

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.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 00:39


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