A designated MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) court, on Friday, remanded journalist Jigna Vora and Paulson Joseph, allegedly a member of the Chhota Rajan gang, in judicial custody till December 20. The Mumbai police crime branch had arrested both of them in connection with the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. Dey, working with a city tabloid, was shot dead by six motorcycle-borne assailants near his residence at Powai on June 11, 2011.
On Friday, when the duo was presented for remand, public prosecutor Dilip Shah told MCOCA judge SM Modak that the crime branch was not pressing for extension of their police custody as they were not required for custodial interrogation any further. Accordingly, the designated court MCOCA court remanded the duo in judicial custody.
The crime branch arrested Vora as the eleventh accused in the J Dey murder case on November 25 for allegedly passing on key information about the slain journalist to the fugitive gangster. Joseph was arrested earlier and was transferred to police custody after Vora’s arrest.
Meanwhile, the crime branch on Friday filed an application seeking custody of another accused arrested in connection with Dey’s murder, Satish Kalya. The crime branch wants to interrogate the purported sharpshooter from the Rajan gang in connection with a 2005 arms case.