Crime reporter Jigna Vora was produced before MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act) judge SM Modak on Friday. Vora, brought in with a dupatta covering her face, broke down immediately after entering the courtroom, and was continuously crying during the 45-minute-long court proceeding.
Public prosecutor Dilip Shah sought a 14-day remand stating she had passed vital information about slain journalist J Dey to gangster Chhota Rajan, which had played a role in the killing. The prosecutor said her custodial interrogation was essential to unearth the motive behind Dey’s killing.
Advocate Girish Kulkarni, who represented Vora, opposed the custody plea maintaining there was no material to link her to Dey’s murder, despite the crime branch sleuths having interrogated her twice. Kulkarni alleged that her arrest was an attempt on part of the police to fill gaps in their investigation.
Refuting allegations of her conversations with Chhota Rajan, advocate Kulkarni admitted that she had spoken to the fugitive don, but contended that it was for an interview, which appeared in the newspaper for which she worked.
Designated judge Modak, however, found Vora had crossed the limit as a news reporter and had allegedly passed on vital information about Dey to a gangster, and remanded her in seven-day police custody.