The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court here today issued summons to the witnesses for recording of evidence in journalist J Dey murder case.

"The court today issued summons to some 10 witnesses who will start deposing in the case as prosecution witnesses," said defence lawyer S M Deshpande.

The recording of evidence will start later this month. The court had framed charges against 11 accused including the journalist Jigna Vora on June 8.

The charges (against various accused) include being a part of the gang run by fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan and hatching a conspiracy to kill Dey who was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11, 2011.

Vora is accused of passing on key information such as the number plate of Dey's motorcycle and his address to Rajan. The police arrested her in November 2011 and she was granted bail on July 2012.

Police had in December 2011 filed the charge sheet against Satish Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia (all arrested). Later, a separate charge sheet was filed against Vora.

According to police, Rajan, who was upset with Dey over two articles written by him which purportedly portrayed the fugitive don in bad light, ordered the journalist's killing.

The charge sheet claims that Vora had instigated Rajan to kill him, owing to her own professional rivalry with Dey.