The Bombay High Court has ordered Mumbai Police to present a report on July 6 on the status of investigation to the killing of senior journalist J Dey. The court observed that police needed more time before a decision could be taken on transferring the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
A lawyer along with a group of journalists had filed a petition in the high court last week requesting transfer of the case to the CBI. Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice RV More admitted the case and had asked the police to file a report on Tuesday. Joint commissioner Himanshu Roy was present in the high court to provide the details of the investigation.
“We would have taken the police to task if we had found that no effort has been put in, but from the details given by the police it seems that some efforts have been put in and the police need extra time. We direct the police to submit another status report on July 6.
All efforts should be made to nab the culprits,” the court observed. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan held a meeting on Tuesday afternoon with editors of various publications and news channels to discuss the issue of attacks on journalists.
He said the government will decide on handing over this case to the CBI only on the basis of the high court order. The editors discussed some aspects of the investigation into Dey’s murder and also the new law being framed to protect journalists.
Chavan said that a committee will be formed to look into revival of a group set up by the government earlier to tackle all cases related to attacks on journalists. He also assured the editors that nobody will be spared in the J Dey case if found guilty. Even government or police officials will not be spared if evidence is found against them.
The editors suggested that the new law should also cover attacks on writers, painters, film personalities and other creative persons. The chief minister said the state government was seriously considering formation of a fast-track court to tackle cases of attacks on journalists.
State chief secretary Ratnakar Gayakwad and Commissioner of Police Arup Patnaik were present at the meeting. Patnaik said that the investigation into the J Dey murder case was on the right track and police would be able to crack the case in the coming days. Economic Times