J Dey trial: Judge says case has been delayed, wants daily hearing

The court has also asked the Crime Branch to present witnesses during the next hearing, December 17; the Crime Branch informed the court that the Central government has sent a notification that the case should be transferred to the CBI for investigation, after Chhota Rajan’s arrest

In the latest development in the J Dey murder case, Judge AL Pansare of the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court, has said that the case has been delayed for long and will be heard on a day-to-day basis soon. The judge has also asked the Crime Branch to present witnesses on the next hearing, December 17.

On Monday, the prosecution asked for another adjournment saying that the new Public Prosecutor Dilip Shah wants to study the case. Adjourning the case to December 17, Judge AL Pansare observed that the case has been delayed for around two months and it’s a case that the High Court wants expedited.

The judge also asked the Crime Branch to present the witnesses. However, the Crime Branch said that they didn’t have a witness on Monday. The judge then asked them to present the witness on the next day and start the case after the long delay.

Meanwhile, the Crime Branch also informed the court that the Central government has sent a notification that the case should be transferred to the CBI for investigation after Chhota Rajan’s arrest.

Crime Branch ACP Sunil Deshmukh said that they had asked CBI to be present on Monday, but no one came from their end. The Crime Branch then filed an application to ask CBI to be present on the next date, which the court rejected.

Dey, who was Editor (Investigations) of mid-day, was shot dead in Powai on June 11, 2011, when he was on his way home on his motorcycle. The court has so far examined four witnesses in the case, which includes police officers and panchas.

How is Chhota Rajan involved?
Among the slew of cases that are stacked up against gangster Chhota Rajan, an important one is of his alleged involvement in Dey’s murder.

Chhota Rajan
Chhota Rajan

Ramesh Mahale, one of the investigating officers, has said that Rajan could be tried along with the 10 other accused, since the trial had just started.

Dey was gunned down allegedly at the behest of gangster Chhota Rajan. The MCOCA Court at Arthur Road has framed charges against 10 accused.

Among the other accused, the court has said that Anil Waghmode, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Nilesh Shendge and Mangesh Agawane had followed J Dey and Satish Kalya had shot him.

The court had also said that all the accused are members of an organised crime syndicate run by Rajan. The rest of the accused are Deepak Sisodia and Paulson Joseph.

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