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J Dey murder case: CBI seeks order for Rajan’s voice samples

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Mumbai : CBI today urged a special MCOCA court here to issue a direction to deported gangster Chhota Rajan to give his voice samples for probe in connection with 2011 J Dey murder case.

“First he (Rajan) gave his consent (for the voice test) but later he refused to undergo the same,” CBI prosecutor Bharat Badami told the court after the fugitive was produced before it via video-link from Tihar jail.

On the CBI plea, Special Judge S S Adkar asked Rajan’s advocate Anshuman Sinha to file a reply. The matter is likely to come up for hearing on February 11.

CBI told the court that an audio CD containing telephonic conversation between Rajan and a person has been deposited in the court by Mumbai Police and they want to compare the voice in the CD with that of Rajan.

Badami also sought more time for investigation into the murder, saying that they need to take help of some external agencies like Interpol to probe the case against Rajan as he was out of country for long following which its prayer was granted.

CBI also said that the mobile of Dey, the murdered journalist, has not been sent yet for any forensic test and pleaded to the court to handover the mobile to the agency for its examination at CFSL in New Delhi.

The central agency also requested the court that two laptops and one computer hard disk of Dey may also be handed over to CBI for further forensic examination for retrieval of deleted data.

On January 19, the court had allowed CBI’s plea seeking a nod to question the 54-year-old crime boss for 10 days starting January 27 before adjourning the case till today.

Rajan, a former key aide and lieutenant-turned-bĂȘte noire 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.

He is facing around 70 cases in Maharashtra, including the 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 suburban Powai by motorcycle-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.

The agency has filed the charge sheet for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery under the IPC and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI sources has said these officers had allegedly ignored rules and regulations of verification while issuing the passport on fake identity and address.

CBI has claimed that on the basis of passport issued in Mohan Kumar’s name, Rajan had allegedly got another passport issued on December 19, 2003 from High commission of India at Harare, Zimbabwe, and another one from the Consulate General of India in Sydney.

Deported after being on the run for 27 years, the 55-year old gangster, who was once a close aide of fugitive terrorist and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was brought to India to face trial in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug smuggling in Delhi and Mumbai.

He was deported to India after his arrest in Bali in October last year.

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