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‘No one has been given clean chit in the case'
Dey's route on the day ‘figured out', says official
Mumbai: The Mumbai Crime Branch 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 here 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 Assistant Commissioner of Police 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 him 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 — two men who were earlier questioned and let off. Now, however, the agency is investigating who misled the police to these two and why.
Mr. Bharti said the police had “figured out” the route taken by J Dey from his mother's house in Ghatkopar to Powai. “There are some gaps. However, no one has told us he met someone on the way,” he said.
Having interrogated diesel mafia kingpin Mohammed Ali, the police are currently verifying his statement.
Mr. Bharti said the police had gathered circumstantial evidence in the form of CCTV footage and five eyewitness statements. Call data records of J Dey's phone calls have also been obtained. Electronic evidence, however, has not been of much help.
Confident that the Crime Branch would crack the case, Mr. Bharti said there were several such cases that the police had cracked before.
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