Mumbai, June 15 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder of senior crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey.
In a letter written by BJP President Nitin Gadkari to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, the party has officially supported the demand for the case to be handed over to the CBI.
Gadkari's letter also voices out the concern over the slow pace of investigations.
The BJP has also requested the chief minister to investigate into the possibility of underworld involvement into the case.
The demand from the opposition comes even as the Mumbai press fraternity launched a hunger strike in the city today.
Meanwhile, advocate V P Patil approached the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI probe into the case.
Patil mentioned the matter before the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More. The matter has been slated for hearing tomorrow.
Earlier, reiterating his stand that the probe into the killing would not be handed over to the CBI, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said the Mumbai Police should be given a fair chance to investigate.
"I am confident Mumbai Police will get to the bottom of the case. Give them time...There is no point in jumping the gun...and blaming someone or the other," Chavan told reporters here.
"It is for the police to say who they think are responsible," he replied, when asked about the suspected involvement of oil mafia in the killing.
Expressing confidence of bringing the guilty to book, Chavan further said: "I had a meeting with senior police officers. They told me that investigations are proceeding. Late night, I got to know that there is more progress. We hope to catch the culprit soon
Jyotirmoy Dey, a crime reporter with Mid-Day, was shot dead by motorcycle-borne killers in broad daylight in Mumbai's central suburb of Powai on Saturday afternoon.
The postmortem report of Dey indicated that he was shot from close range. The report also shows that five bullets hit him, of which, four hit him in the left chest and one was lodged under the right shoulder
Jyotirmoy Dey was India's best-connected writer on the Mumbai underworld. He spent most of his reporting career bringing out accounts of the goings-on in the Mumbai underworld for several newspapers.
He also wrote a book titled "Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers" and "Khallas" - considered a dictionary on the Mumbai underworld. (ANI)