THE CBI on Monday sought further time to file its chargesheet against gangster Chhota Rajan in the murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. The special MCOCA court rapped the CBI for the delay in filing the chargesheet, allowing a final adjournment in the case till August 5.
The court in its order stated that if the chargesheet is not filed till the next date, the court will go ahead with framing charges against the accused, including Rajan, on the basis of the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police who were earlier investigating the case. Rajan was arrested in Bali in October last year and all the cases against him were transferred to the CBI.
CBI counsel Bharat Badami told the court on Monday that the delay is caused due to some procedures that need completion, including getting an approval to charge Rajan under MCOCA. Special Judge S L Anekar asked the CBI why should the trial be delayed further. The special court was expected to complete the trial expeditiously by conducting hearings on a daily basis. Advocate Santosh Deshpande, appearing for three of the accused, argued that the delay was like an ‘extended remand’ of the accused.
J Dey, a senior journalist with Mid-Day and The Indian Express earlier, was shot dead by four unidentified gunmen near his residence at Hiranandani Gardens in Powai on June 11, 2011. The Mumbai Police had arrested 11 accused in the case.
While some of the accused have been released on bail, including journalist Jigna Vora, others continue to remain in judicial custody with the trial yet to begin. “It be made clear that this court is granting time only in view of the request made by the CBI and also in view of the submission that charge may be framed on next date if chargesheet if not filed,” the judge said in his order. The CBI also submitted that during its investigation the role of another accused has emerged.