A day after a designated Mcoca (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) court extended the police custody of crime reporter Jigna Vora, arrested in connection with the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, a city resident approached the court seeking to surrender four SIM cards and some mobile phones purportedly given to him by her.
On Thursday, Mcoca judge SM Modak extended Vora’s custody to December 5 after the prosecution contended that it was required to trace her missing mobile phones and to bring her face-to-face with some of the other 10 accused.
Murtaza Mustafa, a friend of Vora, approached the court on Friday claiming that she had handed over four SIM cards and some mobile phone handsets, and sought to surrender them.
Public prosecutor Dilip Shah, representing Mumbai police’s crime branch which is probing the case, confirmed that Mustafa had filed an application apprehending that the crime branch may implicate him in the Dey murder case.
According to Shah, Mustafa has also mentioned in his court application that Vora had played a role in the investigation of an offence registered at Goregaon police station at the behest of one Mansoor Lokhandwala.
The prosecutor said the court has posted the application for hearing on Saturday. The designated court is likely to pass an order on the application on Saturday, when the charge sheet against 10 arrested accused is also likely to be filed.
Dey was shot dead by six motorcycle-borne shooters near his residence at Powai on June 11.