CBI wants voice samples of Chhota Rajan in journalist murder case

Mumbai, Feb 5 (IANS) The CBI on Friday asked a special MCOCA court to order deported mafia don Rajendra S. Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan to provide his voice samples for the probe in the journalist J. Dey murder case of 2011.

At a hearing in the special court where the mafia don was produced via video-link from Delhi’s Tihar Jail, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) prosecutor Bharat Badami informed special judge S.S. Adkar that first, Chhota Rajan had given his consent for the voice test, but later refused it.

Ar this, Adkar asked the mafia don’s lawyer Anshuman Sinha to file his reply and the matter is likely to be taken up on February 11.

Badami further said that an audio recording of the telephonic talks between Chhata Rajan and another person had been submitted to the court by the Mumbai police and they wanted to compare it with the voice of the mafia don.

He also sought more time for investigating the murder as the CBI may required help of certain external agencies like Interpol since the mafia don was out of India for a long period.

The CBI has also urged a forensic test of the mobile phone, two laptops and one computer hard-disk owned by the late Dey at the CFSL, New Delhi for retrieval of the deleted data.

Friday’s hearing followed the special court’s permission granted to CBI on January 19 permitting it to question the mafia don for 10 days starting January 27.

A veteran crime reporter and investigations editor of Mumbai tabloid, Midday, Dey was shot dead near his home in Powai on June 11, 2011, by four assailants who came on motorbikes.

The murder, committed allegedly at Chhota Rajan’s behest was committed near the D’Mart in the Hiranandani Complex, where Dey was also riding his bike.

Chhota Rajan was nabbed from Bali Airport in Indonesia on October 25 last year and later deported to India.

Besides the Dey murder case, he is facing another 70 serious cases and the Maharashtra government subsequently handed over all the cases to the CBI.

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