Mumbai, Jul 18 : The Crime Branch of city police would continue to probe the murder of veteran crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey as Bombay High Court today dismissed a bunch of petitions seeking transfer of the investigations to CBI.
However, Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R V More did not pronounce the reasons in the operative part of their judgement for dismissing the petitions. A detailed order is likely to be available later.
The petitions seeking CBI probe had been filed in public interest by advocate V P Patil, Mumbai Press Club, Marathi Patrakar Parishad and former scribes S Balakrishna and Ketan Tirodkar.
Opposing the petitions, Advocate General Ravi Kadam argued that police had already arrested eight members of the Chhota Rajan gang for Dey's killing, while stringent provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) being invoked against them. Every case need not be given to CBI, he said.
Reacting to the verdict, Gurbir Singh, President of Press Club, said, “We are disappointed that our petition has been dismissed. Unfortunately, the circumstances remain largely the same—police has caught a couple of small fries and have no idea why and who masterminded the killing. In the interest of J Dey, we would appeal in the Supreme Court”.
Senior Counsel Navroze Serwai, appearing for the Press Club, argued that police are yet to nab the main accused in the case and have so far given contradictory reports to the media on the course of investigation.
Dey (56), employed as Editor (Investigations) with English tabloid, Mid Day, was shot dead on June 11 at suburban Powai. PTI