Expressing dissatisfaction over the progress in investigation in the J Dey murder case, media bodies on Wednesday sought transfer of the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) contending the Mumbai police will never go to the root of the matter, as it is likely to hamper their own interest.
Navroz Seervai, representing Mumbai Press Club and Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Parishad, argued before the Bombay high court on Wednesday that the police had arrested only ‘small fries’ and they would never go on to catch the ‘real people’.
The senior advocate submitted that looking at the nature of the crime, impartial inquiry can never be done by the local police irrespective of whatever amount of time is given to them. “They (Mumbai police) may not want to investigate in depth, as that could ultimately lead to themselves,” Seervai submitted.
Senior journalist Dey was killed in broad daylight on June 11 near his residence in Powai and the Mumbai police crime branch has so far arrested eight persons. Three public interest litigations were filed in the high court barely within a week after the incident. The Press Club and Marathi Patrakar Parishad have filed intervention applications in the pending PILs, all seeking transfer of probe to the CBI.
Seervai urged the court to transfer the case to CBI, saying it was the court’s duty to instill confidence in general public by handing over the case to an independent investigation agency.
Pointing out that one assistant police commissioner was questioned for six hours, Seervai contended that the aspersion on the police machinery itself was enough for the state to transfer the case to CBI on its own.