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Jigna Vora lied about phone calls to Rajan: Police

Last updated on: November 28, 2011 21:44 IST

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Journalist Jigna Vora, arrested in the murder of senior crime reporter J Dey, invited the suspicion of investigators when she claimed she never spoke to gangster Chhota Rajan on phone, an assertion not backed by facts, police said on Monday.

"When she (Vora) was called for questioning for the first time, she was evasive and claimed she never spoke to Rajan. When she was called for the second time, she was told how her phone call records showed otherwise," joint police commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told mediapersons.

"This was one of the contradictions she had made during questioning that led investigators to doubt her claims. There were numerous calls between her and Rajan," Roy added.

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Dey, working with English tabloid Mid-Day, was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11 by assailants who followed him on motorcycles. The murder was allegedly executed at the behest of Rajan.

Vora, deputy bureau chief of English daily The Asian Age, was arrested on November 25. Besides IPC, 37-year-old was booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act for alleged role in the murder.

Vora is suspected to have provided information about Dey to the overseas-based Rajan.

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Police said her mobile phone, laptop data and the mirror image of stories and other data collected from her office were sent for forensic analysis.

"We are also examining if she had deleted any material. She is cooperating during interrogation." Vora's arrest has definitely strengthened the case, Roy said responding to a query.

"There were some gaps in the case which have not been filled up yet."


Image: The Mumbai crime branch arrested seven people in connection with J Dey's murder

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