Mumbai: Journalist Jigna Vora, arrested in the murder of senior crime reporter J Dey, invited the suspicion of investigators when she claimed she never spoke to gangster Chhota Rajan on phone, an assertion not backed by facts, police said on Monday. (Agencies)
"When she (Vora) was called for questioning for the first time, she was evasive and claimed she never spoke to Rajan. When she was called for the second time, she was told how her phone call records showed otherwise," Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters here.
"This was one of the contradictions she had made during questioning that led investigators to doubt her claims. There were numerous calls between her and Rajan," Roy added.
Dey, working with English tabloid Mid-Day, was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11 by assailants who followed him on motorcycles. The murder was allegedly executed at the behest of Rajan.
Vora, Deputy Bureau Chief of English daily The Asian Age, was arrested on November 25. Besides IPC, 37-year-old was booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for alleged role in the murder.
Vora is suspected to have provided information about Dey to the overseas-based Rajan.
Police said her mobile phone, laptop data and the mirror image of stories and other data collected from her office were sent for forensic analysis.
"We are also examining if she had deleted any material. She is cooperating during interrogation."
Vora's arrest has definitely strengthened the case, Roy said responding to a query. "There were some gaps in the case which have not been filled up yet." The charge sheet will be filed next week, Roy said, adding, "We are yet to take a call on whether the case details pertaining to Vora should be mentioned in the charge sheet or file a supplementary charge sheet."
Police reiterated they have enough evidence to back their claims that Vora, the eleventh accused to be arrested and remanded in police custody till December 1, had shared vital information about Dey with Rajan.
"Our case is that she parted with Dey's information to Rajan. If she rubbishes our claims, then the onus is on her to prove her innocence in the court," Roy said.
As part of the probe, her bank accounts will be examined, Roy said, adding, "May be since 2009, Vora had come in contact with Rajan through the gangster's aide Farid Tanasha." Tanasha was murdered last year.
All 10 accused apprehended earlier are members of the Chhota Rajan gang.
Mumbai: Journalist Jigna Vora, arrested in the murder of senior crime reporter J Dey, invited the suspicion of investigators when she claimed she never spoke to gangster Chhota Rajan on phone, an assertion not backed by facts, police said on Monday.