Rajan to be grilled in Dey case

A Mumbai court on Tuesday allowed the CBI to interrogate underworld don Chhota Rajan in connection with the killing of journalist-writer Jyotirmoy Dey.

Rajan, a former key aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested at Bali airport on October 25 after he arrived from Australia, and was later deported to India. Since his deportation, he has been lodged in the high-security Tihar Jail.

He is facing around 70 cases in Maharashtra, including the J Dey murder case.

Through video conferencing, Rajan was produced before Additional Sessions Judge A L Pansare, who presides over special court set up under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

The gangster told the court that he has received a copy of the charge sheet and needs to go through it.

“I am kept in a high security cell and only taken out once in a week and need 15 days to a month for scanning the charge sheet and engaging a lawyer in Mumbai,” Rajan told the court. His lawyer Anshuman Sinha was present in the court.

Dey, 56, the editor (investigations) of Mid-Day was shot dead on June 11, 2011, at Powai here at the behest of Rajan, who was allegedly instigated by Vora, the then deputy bureau chief of the Mumbai edition of The Asian Age.

Initially 10 persons were arrested and chargesheeted. Vora was arrested on November 25, 2011, and subsequently another charge sheet was filed. Of the total 11 accused were chargesheeted.

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