The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Wednesday, 2 May, convicted Chhota Rajan and nine others in the murder case of Mid-Day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey. The court, however, acquitted another accused in the case, Asian Age journalist Jigna Vora.
Dey was shot multiple times by the members of a gang associated with notorious Mumbai-based gangster Chhota Rajan.
MCOCA Court Convicts Chhota Rajan, Acquits Jigna Vora, Joseph Paulsen
Underworld don Chhota Rajan has been convicted in the murder case of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, while Asian Age journalist Jigna Vora and another accused, Joseph Paulsen, have been acquitted by the MCOCA court in Mumbai.
Special MCOCA Court to Announce Verdict
A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court is expected to pronounce its verdict in the case involving the murder of Mid-Day journalist Jyotirmoy Dey.
The case was first investigated by the Mumbai police, and was later transferred to the CBI in 2016. The key accused in the case are Chhota Rajan, who was once the right-hand man of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Jigna Vora, who, at the time of Dey’s death, was the deputy bureau chief of Asian Age.
The Story So Far
On 11 June 2011, the bystanders at Hiranandani, Powai, watched a man on a motorcycle get shot multiple times on the back by unidentified assassins.
Mid-Day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey – or J Dey, as he was better known – was allegedly shot by a seven-member gang affiliated to notorious gangster Chhota Rajan.
Dey had written several reports on the Mumbai underworld, and had reportedly been working on a story that would focus largely on Chhota Rajan, calling him “chindi” (a small fry).
According to the charge-sheet that was filed in the case, Rajan believed that Dey had been working with his estranged boss and rival enemy Dawood Ibrahim and the ISI. He had also reportedly requested Dey to not publish some of the stories he was writing on Rajan’s life, which the journalist had refused.
Rajan, who had called up several media channels on 1 July, 2011 and “admitted” to his role in the crime, also said that Asian Age journalist Jigna Vora, had only confirmed his fears and instigated him into taking action against Dey.