THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told a special court Friday that it wanted to record voice samples of jailed gangster Chhota Rajan. It also sought a month’s time to investigate if Rajan could be charged with criminal conspiracy for the murder of journalist J Dey in 2011.
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Rajan, who is lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail after being brought from Indonesia after his arrest there last year, had earlier consented to having his voice samples recorded, before backtracking, saying he needed to seek legal opinion.
CBI special public prosecutor Bharat Badami said it was “vital” to have samples of Rajan’s voice. “It would be the clinching evidence before filing the chargesheet,” he argued.
Badami also told the court that the CBI wanted to expedite the investigation against Rajan and needed to explore whether Section 120 B of the IPC, for being part of a criminal conspiracy, could be invoked against him.
Dey was shot dead in Powai in 2011, allegedly at Rajan’s behest and 12 persons are standing trial in the case. “We want further interrogation. He operated outside the country, so we have to take the help of other agencies,” he said.
The CBI also sought permission from the court to access Dey’s mobile phone, laptop, and a CD that contains recordings of conversations that Rajan had with the other accused in the case. The Crime Branch had seized these items for analysis and deposited them with the court as evidence.
“It is important for us to analyse those articles,” said Badami. Anshuman Sinha, Rajan’s lawyer, too applied to the court for permission to meet him in Tihar Jail. The court will next hear the case on February 11.