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Vora had met Dey's killers

In the latest development in the J Dey murder case, investigators have revealed that  journalist Jigna Vora, the eleventh suspect arrested in the case, was in touch with four other accused, including the two shooters who gunned down MiD DAY's Investigations Editor near his residence in Powai on June 11 earlier this year.

'Misleading cops'

Accused: Jigna Vora is likely to be named in the supplementary chargesheet in the J Dey murder case. file pics

Crime Branch officers said that in one of her recent statements, Vora revealed that she was in touch with Vinod Chembur and Joseph Paulson, arrested for providing logistics, and the two shooters, including Satish Kaliya.

"Though Vora had confessed to meeting the four accused, she has been constantly changing her statements on the venue of their meet. Earlier, she told us that the meeting took place at a Chembur-based hotel. Later, she changed the statement to say that the venue was Vashi," revealed an official.

Besides, sources within the Crime Branch have disclosed that Vora has not been cooperating with the investigators and is misleading the cops.

The crime branch officials are now hoping that the three mobile phones and a SIM card submitted by one Murtuza in the court will help them establish her link with the underworld. Murtuza, who had claimed to be Vora's close associate, had appeared before the Special Court on Friday, wishing to surrender the handsets and the SIM card before the court.

Seeking custody
Following Vora's statement, the Crime Branch has now sought Paulson's custody. Once through with Paulson, the officials are planning to interrogate Kaliya and Chembur.

On Saturday, cops filed a chargesheet against the 12 accused. Sources said Vora is likely to be named in the supplementary chargesheet.

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