13 days judicial custody for 10 accused in Dey murder case

"The accused were produced before the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) court, which remanded them in judicial custody till September 30," a crime branch official said.

The police custody of Paulson Joseph, the 10th suspect arrested on September 5 in the case, was over today following which he, along with the nine others, whose judicial custody had also ended, were produced in the court.

"Joseph was sent to judicial custody as his police custody was not sought by us, whereas judicial custody of nine others was extended," the official added.

Dey, editor (Investigations) with the city-based English tabloid, Mid Day, was shot dead by four motorcycle-borne assailants in suburban Powai on June 11, police said.

Police had claimed that the scribe was eliminated at the behest of underworld don Chhota Rajan, who paid Rs five lakh to the accused. However, investigators said the motive behind the killing was not yet clear.

Other nine arrested accused include a builder Vinod Asrani and sharp shooters, police said.
Joseph is the same person who had organised a Christmas- eve bash at Chembur in 2009 that saw five policemen, including a deputy police commissioner, suspended as the cops, were caught on camera partying with the gangsters.

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