A day after he filed an application seeking permission of a designated Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (Mcoca) court to surrender four SIM cards and some mobile phones given to him by crime reporter Jigna Vora, arrested in connection with murder of journalist Jyotiromoy Dey, Murtaza Mustafa withdrew the plea on Saturday.
The crime branch of Mumbai police arrested Vora on November 25 for allegedly passing on information about Dey to gangster Chhota Rajan which helped him in executing the murder. On December 1, designated Mcoca judge SM Modak had extended Vora’s police custody on the ground that the police wanted to trace some mobile phones purportedly disposed off by her, and retrieve data on them.
A day later, Mustafa approached the court and filed an application seeking permission to surrender the SIM cards and mobile phones he got from Vora since he apprehended that he might be arrested in the case. The court had kept the plea for hearing on Saturday.
However, on Saturday, Mustafa’s counsel Subodh Desai filed another application seeking permission to withdraw the plea. Judge Modak disposed of the plea as un-pressed after public prosecutor Dilip Shah clarified he had no objection to the plea being withdrawn.
Outside the court, advocate Desai said Mustafa will co-operate with investigating officer and furnish the SIM cards and the mobile phones whenever asked by the crime branch.
According to the prosecutor, Murtaza has also mentioned in his application that Vora had played a role in the investigation of an offence registered with Goregaon police station at the behest of Mansoor Lokhandwala, and some dispute had cropped up between her and the slain journalist over the matter.
Vora is the eleventh person arrested in connection with Dey’s murder, who had been shot dead near his residence at Powai on June 11.