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MCOCA court adjourns Dey’s murder trial till Nov 23

A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court adjourned the trial in the journalist J Dey murder case till November 23 after it was told by Mumbai Police that the state government has handed over all cases against underworld don Chhota Rajan to CBI.

“The case is adjourned on the ground that the government has handed over (J Dey) case to CBI. The copy (of notification) is not yet received and defence (advocate) has no objection. In view thereof (the case) is adjourned to November 23 for recording of evidence,” observed MCOCA Special Judge A L Pansare during proceedings in the case.

The court directed Mumbai Police to produce the copy of the notification at the earliest.

However, the judge sought to know if the entire trial is transferred or further investigation is transferred to CBI.

“CBI may carry out further investigation but what about the present trial,” the court asked.

“Make an application why the trial should not proceed, there should be some reason,” the judge said when Assistant Police Commissioner Sunil Deshmukh told the court that the case has been transferred to CBI.

When Deshmukh submitted that since the case has been taken over by CBI, the matter has to go to the special CBI court, judge Pansare said that CBI court notification was not required.

“No law says that CBI-investigated case has to go to CBI court,” the judge said.

Rajan was arrested at Bali airport on October 25 on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice after he reached there from Australia. He was deported to India on November 6.

On the eve of his deportation, the Maharashtra government had handed over all the cases against the underworld don to CBI because of its expertise in “handling transnational crimes”.

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