A special MCOCA court in Mumbai, granted CBI the permission to interrogate deported gangster Chhota Rajan in connection with journalist J Dey murder case of 2011.
Special Judge AL Pansare allowed CBI’s plea seeking nod to question the 54-year-old crime boss for 10 days. The interrogation will start on January 27 before adjourning the case till February 5.
Rajan was produced via video link from Delhi’s Tihar jail, told the court that he needs time to go through the charge sheet.
“I am kept in a high security cell and only taken out once in a week and need 15 days to a month for scanning the charge sheet and engaging a lawyer in Mumbai,” Rajan told the court to which Judge Pansare informed the gangster that his (Delhi-based) lawyer Anshuman Sinha was present in the court.
Rajan, a former key aide and lieutant of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested at Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25 after he arrived from Australia, and was later deported to India. Rajan is facing around 70 cases in Maharashtra, which includes J Dey murder case. The Maharashtra government has handed over all the cases against him to CBI.
Dey, a veteran crime reporter, was shot dead in sub-urban Powai by motor-cycle borne shooters on June 11, 2011 allegedly at the behest of Rajan. Four persons on two motorbikes fired at least four to five rounds at Dey, who was also riding a bike, from behind near Spectra Building at D Mart in Hiranandani area of Powai.
After the attack, he was rushed to nearby Hiranandani Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police had claimed the shooters fled the spot after firing.
(With inputs from PTI)