J Dey murder case: Call data records are key evidence to nail accused including Chhota Rajan, say prosecution
Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat today concluded the arguments for the CBI in the 2011 journalist J Dey murder case.
After a 23-day-long argument marathon the special public prosecutor today wrapped up his case with a few citations to support his arguments. Explaining the length of the days he took to finish his argument Gharat said "there were several technical and scientific evidence and all of it had to be connected together and explained on every minute point to prove our case."
CBI had presented 155 witnesses in the case so far. One of the prime accused in the case, former underworld don Chhota Rajan too was present from Tihar jail via video conferencing. The prosecution had called in ballistic experts in the witness box who had testified that the bullets inside Dey's body and the gun pellet found at the scene of crime in Powai area of Mumbai were from the same weapon. The revolver according to police had been recovered from the spot where Satish Kalia, the man who had aimed the gun at Dey.
According to the prosecution, they had enough evidence against Rajan. The voice sample of Chhota Rajan matched with the sample collected by CBI.
In one of the intercepted conversations Rajan had also named Jigna Vora, another accused in the case, as the one who informed on Dey. A few journalists were brought in as witnesses who told the court that Rajan had called and confessed to them after the murder as to why he had eliminated Day. Rajan reportedly admitted that he got Dey killed as it was a matter of his survival.
According to CBI, another accused Polson Palitra had arranged for global SIM cards through a person identified as Ravi Ram. Incidentally, Ravi is a wanted accused who was recently arrested from Dubai and whose extradition is underway. Using the procured SIM cards, Polson, Kalia and Rajan kept in touch.
Prosecution also highlighted the relevant fact of Jigna going on an abrupt leave without intimating her office during the time of Dey's murder.
However according to CBI it is the mobile call data records (CDRs) seems to be the key evidence in the case as it is likely to help the agency in unraveling more details about the accused.
The shooters Kalia, Anil Waghmare and Arun Dake had gone to Nainital to procure the revolver which they got from co-accused Deepak Sisodia. The shooters had done a recce of Dey's residence and office before executing the plan.
Accused and now dead Vinod Asrani had called Dey to Uma Palace Bar where the two shooters Waghmare and Dake had also reached and another man helped them identify Dey. The CDR has all the movements recorded and the prosecution believes that the data will be crucial in tracking down the accused.
Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Adkar of the special MCOCA court will now hear the arguments of each of the 11 defense lawyers before arriving at any conclusion. Journalist J Dey was shot dead by shooters hired by gangster Chhota Rajan as he believed that as a crime journalist Dey was closer to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.