After assessing the information provided by Mumbai Police in J Dey’s case, I find that it is legally very weak. Police will face a tough time in the court. Following are the points which could jeopardize prosecution’s case during the trial.
1) No Motive : Police has not come on record with a concrete motive on why Chota Rajan killed J Dey? It has to substantiate before the court that Rajan became an enemy of Dey & got him killed. So far there is no motive. Nothing could be fetched from the interrogation of Satish Kaliya as Rajan never revealed the identity of the target, nor he told Kaliya why he wanted to kill J Dey. It was a simple contract killing. Rajan asked Kaliya to kill a man for money, which he did.
2) Link between Chota Rajan & Satish Kaliya: Police have nothing except Satish Kaliya’s extra judicial confession that he got a call from Chota Rajan to do the job. The question is how the police are going to prove in the court that the call Kaliya received was from Chota Rajan. There is no recording of such conversation. Moreover, Rajan calls from virtual numbers using internet phones, which make it almost impossible to trace the caller.
3) No eye witnesses: There are not reliable eye witnesses who saw Kaliya shooting at J Dey. Police have got couple of so called “eye witnesses”, but it is questionable that they will survive the cross examination by defence lawyers in the court provided that it was raining at the time of shootout & most of the accused had covered their body & face with wind cheaters. Visibility was very bad. Even the sketch which police had released relying on these “eye witnesses” doesn’t match with the face of Satish Kaliya. CCTV footage has been of not much help & it could not be strong evidence in the court.
4) Who paid the money? Satish Kaliya took Rs 5 lacs in 2 installments to execute the shootout. Firstly he got money from an unidentified man in Chembur & second time in Nalasopara. However, police have not been able to track the persons who paid this amount to Satish. If these persons are not arrested police will not be able to substantiate that Chota Rajan paid the money for the killing.
5) No previous complaint from J Dey: Dey never made a formal complaint to the cops regarding any kind of threat to him. He never asked for security, nor applied for a weapons licence. None of his family members, friends, office colleagues & police officers he knew stated the police that J Dey had fear of an attack from Chota Rajan or any other gang. This fact could go against the prosecution in the court.