A conversation between Chhota Rajan and one of his aides, intercepted by the crime branch, has revealed that the gangster was worried about crime reporter J Dey's increasing closeness with rival Chhota Shakeel.
He also suspected that Dey had laid a trap when he asked him to come to London last year. Jigna Vora's instigation further cemented Rajan's perception about Dey, claims the 1,471-page supplementary charge sheet filed on Tuesday.
Rajan was speaking to his aide after the arrest of Vinod Ashrani alias Vinod Chembur in the J Dey murder case in July 2011.
A senior crime branch officer told HT that of the several interceptions they had mentioned to prove Vora's role in the case, the one between Rajan and one of Chembur's cousins was the most clinching.
The officer said the call was made by Rajan in the last week of September, 2011, after Chembur was hospitalised for a host of ailments. “Chembur has been a close aide of Rajan for many years. He managed the financial affairs of the gang and his investments in India. His arrest and hospitalisation had worried Rajan,” the officer said.
“During the conversation, the talk veered to Dey's murder and how ill-conceived it was. Rajan said Dey had switched his loyalty to Shakeel,” the officer added.
Rajan allegedly said his mole in Shakeel's gang had tipped him off that Dey's invitation for a rendezvous in London in May 2011 was actually a trap to kill him. “Rajan also spelt out how Vora's feedback on Dey's conduct had confirmed his suspicion,” the officer said.
Rajan felt more betrayed after two articles written by Dey portrayed him in a bad light, the officer said.
The crime branch has consistently said that Vora emailed the articles to Rajan.
Apart from this, the crime branch claimed to have in its possession the interception of calls made to some journalists by Rajan in which the he said Vora had instigated him to commit the murder, the officer added.