The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed its supplementary charge sheet against gangster Chhota Rajan for his alleged role in the murder of journalist J Dey at a special MCOCA court in Mumbai.
According to CBI, Dey, who was a veteran crime reporter, was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11, 2011, allegedly at the behest of Rajan because he was upset with certain articles written about him.
A Hindustan Times report states that in his book, Dey had called Rajan as ‘chindi’ or inconsequential and Dawood as the ‘don of Mumbai’.
The agency, in its charge sheet, has recorded the statement of 41 witnesses while it made witness Ravi Ram an additional accused in the case. "Ravi Ram was a witness earlier but he has emerged as a key link between Rajan and other accused," said a CBI officer.
Ram had allegedly supplied 20 global sims on Rajan's instructions.The CBI said they have also included transcripts of the conversation between arrested journalist Jigna Vora and Rajan in the charge sheet.
The agency also said that FSL reports show that the recorded voice sample of Rajan matches with the intercepted conversations between Rajan and Jigna.
Rajan was arrested at Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25 last year and deported to India. He is facing around 70 cases in Maharashtra, which include the J Dey murder case of 2011.
The first charge sheet filed in 2011 names Satiah Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia (all arrested). Another charge sheet was filed against journalist Jigna Vora the next year. Vora, accused of instigating Rajan against Dey owing to her own professional rivalry, is now out on bail.