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Police ask for custody of key accused

The crime branch on Tuesday made a plea before the designated MCOCA court on Tuesday that Paulson Joseph, a key Chhota Rajan man who had earlier been arrested in connection with Dey's murder case, be produced in court. Acting on the plea, the court issued a warrant for Joseph to be produced in court. He is currently in judicial custody.

mumbai Updated: Nov 30, 2011 00:48 IST
HT Correspondent

The crime branch on Tuesday made a plea before the designated MCOCA court on Tuesday that Paulson Joseph, a key Chhota Rajan man who had earlier been arrested in connection with Dey's murder case, be produced in court. Acting on the plea, the court issued a warrant for Joseph to be produced in court. He is currently in judicial custody.

The crime branch told the court it wanted custody was of Paulson to confront him with co-accused Jigna Vora. According to the crime branch, Joseph had purchased some international SIM cards from a Gulf country and the police suspect some of those were used by accused in executing Dey's killing. The court directed jail authorities to produce Paulson on Wednesday when the decision on whether to hand him over to the crime branch is likely to be taken.

Meanwhile, additional commissioner of police, crime, Deven Bharati told HT that the crime branch planned to seek custody of a number of accused arrested in connection with Dey's murder in the coming days in order to bring them face-to-face with Vora.

"We would like to know whether Vora, who has been arrested for her alleged role in the murder conspiracy, discussed the conspiracy with the co-accused or whether she was working independently," Bharati said.

He said the police had not questioned the co-accused about Vora earlier on account of the fact that her complicity in the crime surfaced at a later stage, when all 10 accused had been remanded in judicial custody. "But after her arrest, it has become all imperative to know her links with the co-accused," he added.

Crime branch officers, investigating the case, claimed Vora knew many operatives in the Rajan gang on account of her proximity to key Rajan aide Farid Tanasha.