The Mumbai police have started gathering evidence against crime reporter Jigna Vora who was arrested here on Friday for abetting the murder of Mid-Day editor (investigations) J Dey.
A crime branch team searched Vora's residence in eastern Mumbai's Ghatpokar area and seized her laptop. The police have also seized the computer used by Vora at her workplace. Vora, 37, is deputy bureau chief with English daily Asian Age in Mumbai.
Joint police commissioner (crime) Himanshu Roy confirmed that Vora's laptop was confiscated but refused to divulge further details.
Dey, 56, was shot dead on June 11 by motorcycle borne assailants. The murder was allegedly executed at the behest of underworld don Chhota Rajan.
The police suspect Vora emailed information about Dey to Rajan, which allegedly helped Rajan plan the crime reporter's murder. The emails, sent a month before the killing, allegedly included a few of anti-Rajan articles written by Dey, details of his motorcycle registration and residence.
A crime branch officer, who did not wish to be named, said, "Rajan forwarded these details to Satish Kalia (the contract killer), which helped him in executing the killing."
The crime branch has deputed a senior officer to question Vora, but his identity has been withheld so as not to hamper investigation.
Police sources told HT that Vora's initial questioning revolved around the contradictions that had emerged when her statement was recorded prior to her arrest. The contradictions mainly relate to the phone calls she had allegedly received or made to the gangster.
Vora was arrested under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and will be in police custody till December 1.
The police have so far arrested 11 persons, including Vora, in connection with the murder of the veteran journalist. However, they have not been able to provide a motive regarding why Dey was murdered.