Substantial progress made in the probe, says senior official

The Crime Branch of the Mumbai police is examining the personal emails of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, who was shot dead recently in Povai, a Mumbai suburb.

“We are focusing on personal and professional angles. We have got some access to his personal emails and have certain technical details. We have just started the process of scanning. There's a huge database there. There appears to be something positive,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti told reporters on Monday.

Though the police had not subtracted any of the intended lines of investigation, they had made “substantial progress”, Mr. Bharti said. “Our investigation is focused now.”

The police questioned ACP Anil Mahabole for several hours on Saturday. Mr. Bharti did not reveal any details of the interrogation.

“He was questioned only once. If required, we can call him again,” he said. Asked if the police had given Mr. Mahabole a clean chit, he said such a thing had been done for nobody.

The Crime Branch has ruled out the involvement of Mateen alias Iqbal Hakela and Anwar Sheikh, who were earlier questioned and let off. Now, however, it is investigating who misled the police to these two and why.