According to the charge sheet filed on Saturday by the crime branch of Mumbai Police in the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, three of the arrested persons have confessed to complicity in the crime.
The confessional statements have been made under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and were recorded in the presence of a magistrate.
Mcoca (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) judge SM Modak took on record the confessions of three accused, along with the statements of some of the 176 witnesses that have been recorded by metropolitan magistrates, while granting the crime branch permission to continue further investigation.
The crime branch had arrested crime reporter Jigna Vora, on November 25, and investigation about her alleged role in the crime is underway. A supplementary charge sheet will be filed against her later.
According to public prosecutor Dilip Shah, the crime branch has slapped charges against the 10 accused under various provisions of Mcoca, the Indian Penal Code, the Bombay Police Act and the Indian Arms Act.
The charge sheet, however, is silent on the motive, and only says that the two articles written by Dey on May 5 and June 6 about Rajan could have irked the fugitive gangster.
“These two articles had the potential to negatively affect the gangster's illegal activities of extortion, collection of protection money, and also other prospects,” said Himanshu Roy, crime branch chief, after the charge sheet was filed.