Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court convicted gangster Chhota Rajan and eight others in the seven-year-old murder case of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in 2011 and journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulson were acquitted by the court today.
J Dey was a senior journalist with the English tabloid Mid Day. He had a career span of more than 20 years covering mainly the crime news of underworld don and old mafia. He had also written an article on underworld don Chhota Rajan as a result of which he was shot dead. On June 11, 2011 when Dey was near to his home at Mumbai’s Powai, he was gunned down by the six assassins carried on three motorcycles.
However, within a fortnight the Mumbai police started the investigation and arrested seven sharpshooters of the Chhota Rajan gang but when the case took a sensitive turn, it was handed over to Mumbai Police’s elite crime branch.
Later, when Chhota Rajan was arrested by the Indian officials from Bali, Indonesia, the CBI took over the murder probe and Chhota Rajan was convicted in a multiple charge sheet.
However, conviction of the J Dey’s fellow journalist Jigna Vora was shocking as he was charged against helping the underworld don for providing crucial details to plan the murder. A leading journalist of Mid Day and friend of J Dey dismissed all the allegation against Vora by saying that, “J Dey was far too senior and Vora far too junior for them to have any rivalry”.
Besides Chhota Rajan, other convicted in the J Dey murder are Satish Kalya, Arun Janardhan Dake, Sachin Suresh Gaikwad, Nilesh Narayana Shendge, Deepak Sisodia, Mangesh Damodar Agawane, Anil Bhanudas Waghmode, Abhijeet Narayan Shinde and Arun Janardhan.
However, talking about J day’s wife Shuha Sharma, J Dey’s boss said, “Closure for my friend Shubha Sharma, who was lived the past seven years with dignity, resilience and utmost grace. Not once did she let personal tragedy bog down on professional commitment”.