A special court in Mumbai on Thursday extended till Dec 5 the custody of Jigna Vora, the woman journalist detained last week in the killing of fellow crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey, an official said.
Public Prosecutor Dilip Shah, while moving the remand application before Special Judge SM Modak of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court, sought another eight days' police custody for Vora to enable police carry out further investigations in the case.
He said that Vora had sold her mobile phone which she was using around the time Dey was killed and police wanted to trace it.
Police have also seized computer hard disks and other material from Vora which they wanted to investigate. Besides, police had taken custody of Paulson Joseph, a member of the absconding mafia don Chhota Rajan Nikhalje who had claimed responsibility for Dey's killing.
Joseph is believed to have given an international mobile SIM card to Vora and some other accused, which were acquired from Dubai and the police wanted to confront the duo with the evidence.
However, the special judge only granted police custody of Vora till Dec. 5.
Working as a deputy bureau chief with a Mumbai morninger, Vora was arrested Nov 25 by the Crime Branch in connection with the July 11 killing of Dey, the editor (Special Investigations) at Mid-Day.
Dey was shot dead near his home in Powai in central Mumbai while he was riding home on his motor-cycle.
Vora is among the 11 accused arrested in the case so far by the police.