Vora’s custody extended till Dec 9
A designated Maharashtra Control of Orgnised Crime Act (Mcoca) court on Monday extended the police custody of crime reporter Jigna Vora, arrested in connection with the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, till December 9.mumbai Updated: Dec 06, 2011 01:52 IST
A designated Maharashtra Control of Orgnised Crime Act (Mcoca) court on Monday extended the police custody of crime reporter Jigna Vora, arrested in connection with the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, till December 9.
Designated Mcoca judge SM Modak also extended the police custody of a co-accused in the case, Polson Joseph.
The crime branch of Mumbai police revealed that it had received four mobile phones and a memory card, purportedly belonging to the arrested scribe. Additional public prosecutor Dilip Shah informed the court that a Surat-based woman and a city resident had surrendered four mobile phones and a memory card. Shah said the woman approached the crime branch on December 3 and surrendered a mobile phone, while the city resident surrendered three mobile phones and a memory card the next day.
The prosecutor sought extension of police custody of both Vora and Joseph contending their further custodial interrogation was necessary in view of certain new information revealed by the latter.
Vora’s lawyer Santosh Chari, along with advocate Rajendra Rathod, who represented Polson, opposed the plea stating all the grounds had been reproduced from the earlier remand application. The court had extended Vora’s custody to December 5 on December 1. She was arrested from her Ghatkopar home on November 25.
The counsels sought to transfer their clients to judicial custody contending that their custodial interrogation was not required for further investigation since all articles to be seized are already with the police.
The contention, however, failed to impress the court. “It is true that mobiles and some other articles are seized and data on those gadgets could be retrieved without physical presence of the accused persons. However, it is necessary for the police to confront the accused with respect to the data,” the designated judge noted while extending police custody of Vora and Joseph by five days.