While investigating the role of a journalist in the murder of veteran crime reporter J Dey, the police have found that the journalist had taken pictures of the registration plate of Dey’s motorcycle a few months before he was killed.
The journalist allegedly sent the photograph, along with some of Dey’s newspaper articles, to gangster Chhota Rajan, police said.
An officer part of the investigations said on condition of anonymity, “So far, we have found that the journalist in question had sent a photograph of the bike used by Dey. Also, the online versions of his articles written on Rajan were mailed to the gangster.”
The officer said they were trying to gather evidence for the latest facts that have emerged.
Dey, working with the English tabloid Mid Day, was shot dead by four motorcycle-borne assailants in Powai on June 11.
The police have so far arrested 11 persons in the case, including sharp shooter Satish Kalia and cricket bookie Vinod Asrani alias Vinod Chembur.
The police had slapped MCOCA charges on the accused on July 8.
The journalist came under the radar as the police suspected that it was this reporter who had passed details about the victim to Rajan.
The police have so far not submitted the charge sheet in the murder case.