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CBI takes over Dey murder probe

CBI has taken over investigations in the four-year old murder case of senior journalist J Dey in Mumbai, making it first of the 71 cases, referred to it by Maharashtra Government against gangster Chhota Rajan, to be probed by it.

The FIR registered by CBI does not name Chhota Rajan as a suspect because according to the rules, CBI re-registers FIR filed by local police.

Since Mumbai Police did not name Chhota Rajan in its FIR and included his role as an accused only at charge sheet stage, CBI also re-registered the FIR to initiate its probe.

After Chhota Rajan was nabbed in Bali on Interpol Red Notice in November last year and was brought to Delhi by CBI on December 6, 2015, Maharashtra Government had transferred all the 71 cases against him to the Central agency.

The murder of Mid-Day crime and investigation editor 56-year old Jyotirmoy Dey was one of the prominent cases in which Rajan's had was suspected. Dey was shot dead by motorcycle-borne shooters on June 11, 2011 at 15.30 hours, allegedly at the behest of Rajan.

Four persons on two mobikes fired at least four to five rounds at Dey, who was also riding a bike, from behind near Spectra Building at D Mart in Hiranandani area of Powai.
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