Dey murder case: American technical firm's help sought

A TV grab showing the killers of senior journalist J Dey on a motobike after the shooting.  

Mumbai Crime Branch will take assistance of an American technical firm to help consolidate evidence in the J Dey murder case. Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police(Crime) Himanshu Roy said in a press conference here on Thursday, “We are consulting with a U.S. technology firm for enhancing the CCTV footage.”

He said it will help the police get strong and sustainable evidence to secure the conviction of the seven accused arrested in the case. He also said that the police would interrogate members of underworld gangs to get information about the murder.

Refusing to talk about the possible motive behind the killing he said: “It is not that we are in the dark about the motive now. We are working on certain information. I will talk about it at the appropriate time.”

Mr. Roy also pointed out that the accused can be convicted even if the motive is not proven. “The classic case is that of Pramod Mahajan. Legally, I don't have to establish the motive in the court. The circumstantial evidence is very strong.” He also said the police would focus on evidence collection. “We will now have to collect strong eye-witnesses at every stage. Even the behaviour following the crime is relevant as circumstantial evidence. We will get strong forensic evidence, connect the weapons with the incident.”He said that invoking Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) will have advantages. MCOCA is likely to be applied soon in the case.

“It will not be difficult for us to prove that at least one of the accused has more than two charge sheets filed against him. We will have to prove pecuniary gains. Also, the appreciation of electronic evidence is very different in MCOCA. It is presumed to be true. The accused cannot blame the police of procedural flaws while taking permissions for gathering evidence. Also, it is not easy to get bail under MCOCA if the charge sheet is filed within 90 days,” a senior Crime Branch officer said.

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