Press groups to intervene in PIL
The Bombay high court has allowed the intervention application by the Press Club, Mumbai and Marathi Patrakar Parishad in the two public interest litigations (PIL) seeking a probe by an independent investigative agency into the murder of senior journalist J Dey on June 11.mumbai Updated: Jun 17, 2011 01:22 IST
The Bombay high court has allowed the intervention application by the Press Club, Mumbai and Marathi Patrakar Parishad in the two public interest litigations (PIL) seeking a probe by an independent investigative agency into the murder of senior journalist J Dey on June 11.
A division bench of justice Ranjana Desai and justice RV More has now asked the state government for a progress report in the probe. The court has also asked advocate general Ravi Kadam to appear and assist the court on the next date of hearing on June 21.
Advocate VP Patil and former scribe Ketan Tirodkar had filed two different PILs on Wednesday seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Dey’s murder.
Navroz Seervai, counsel for the press organisations, argued that they had sought a CBI probe into the mafia-police-politician nexus. “The press has been reporting the police-mafia nexus; even Dey had written about it. The role of some politicians, too, needs to be probed,” Seervai said.
The application mentions the news report in Mid Day, the newspaper Dey last worked for, which states that there was a delay of 120 hours between the murder and the examination of evidence.
Also, reports stated that scientists at the Forensic Science Lab, Kalina (FSL) had received part samples on June 13, approximately 50 hours after the crime was committed; police officials delivered the X-ray and post-mortem reports along with samples to the FSL only on the evening of June 14, by which time, around 63 hours had elapsed since the crime.
Tirodkar argued that in 2005 when Pradnya Saravade was additional commissioner of Anti-Corruption Bureau, Mumbai Unit, she had probed phone records of several crime branch officers.
“The case was put in cold storage and she was transferred. Taking that case to its logical end will help investigations into Dey’s murder,” Tirodkar said.