The crime branch of the Mumbai police, which had earlier claimed to have cracked the J Dey murder case, has not mentioned any motive so far behind the murder of the 56-year-old journalist from Mid-Day.
Dey was shot dead near his residence in Powai, northeast Mumbai, on June 11, sending shockwaves among the media fraternity all over the country.
The police alleged fugitive underworld don Chhota Rajan ordered Dey’s killing. They even claimed to have details on how much money was paid to the killers, the murder weapon and the vehicles used.
But with no motive established so far, the police might have an uphill task to prove the case. Officials said they were investigating several leads that may tell them why Rajan ordered the murder. One of them was Dey’s visit to a European country a month before he was killed.
“We are trying to find out who he met there and what was the purpose of his visit,” said one of the investigators, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to media about the case.
Experts feel a motive holds zero importance in a case like this, especially if it is filed under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Former assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Suresh Walishetty said if evidence could be corroborated, then a lack of motive was not really a matter of concern."If ballistic report, call records exist in cases where a stringent act like MCOCA is invoked, then a missing motive may not be a problem," Walishetty said. Confessions made in cases filed under MCOCA, made to an officer of the rank of deputy commissioner of police is admissible in court.
Deven Bharti, additional commissioner of police (crime), said the motive was important and they will try to establish that.
“We will interrogate all the accused and try to ascertain the motive,” Bharti said. The killing sparked days of demonstrations by journalists in Mumbai , putting pressure on the government to act. The Mumbai police had set up several teams to track down the killers.