A special court adjourned trial in the murder of journalist J Dey Monday, seeking clarity over CBI’s role, as arrested gangster Chhota Rajan is an accused in the case and CBI has been designated to probe crimes related him.
The Mumbai Police Crime Branch Tuesday informed the court about a notification by the state government regarding transfer of all cases related to Chhota Rajan to CBI. The crime branch, which had probe the case and filed chargesheet against the accused sought an adjournment of 8-10 days admitting it was unsure whether its probe would also be handed over to CBI.
MCOCA court judge A L Pansare directed the state government to furnish a copy of the notification regarding the transfer of cases to the CBI. The crime branch sought an adjournment over resignation of Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare from the case. His resignation has not yet been accepted by the state government. Judge Pansare adjourned the matter to November 23, when a witness may be examined.
“The state government will have to move Bombay High Court, which has directed the case be heard on a day to day basis. The state will have to seek relief from daily hearings until CBI’s position is clear,” said Advocate Prakash Shetty, who represents journalist Jigna Vora, the main accused.