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Remembering J Dey: 3 yrs on, court to frame charges against accused

The 11 arrested accused some out on bail will be charged on June 19, roughly three years after mid-day Investigations Editor J Dey was shot dead in Powai by underworld hired guns

Three years after the assassination of mid-day senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, the court will frame charges against the 11 accused arrested in the case on June 19. Three out of these are out on bail in the case. Dey, who was the Investigations Editor of this paper, was gunned down by four bike-borne assailants in the afternoon near his residence in Powai on June 11, 2011.

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mid-day Investigations Editor J Dey was gunned down by four bike-borne assailants near his residence in Powai on the afternoon of June 11, 2011. The murder was allegedly plotted and executed at the behest of underworld don Chhota Rajan. File pic
mid-day Investigations Editor J Dey was gunned down by four bike-borne assailants near his residence in Powai on the afternoon of June 11, 2011. The murder was allegedly plotted and executed at the behest of underworld don Chhota Rajan. File pic

The murder was plotted and executed allegedly at the behest of underworld don Chhota Rajan. In all, 11 persons have been arrested in the case, including former journalist Jigna Vora. The accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC and the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

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Soon after her arrest, Vora was the first to be released on bail in July 2012. According to the police, Vora had allegedly provided Dey’s mobile number and his exact location to Rajan, the gangster who has been named in the chargesheet.

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Out on bail
In March 2012, Vora moved court for bail on the grounds that the evidence against her was only circumstantial. Her lawyer also told the court that she suffered from acute asthma and other ailments.

Asrani alias Vinod Chembur, charged with conspiring with others to kill Dey, was the second accused to be released on temporary bail on December 12, 2012, after he approached the high court, seeking immediate relief on medical grounds and stating that he needed an urgent liver transplant. Asrani is accused of calling Dey to a suburban hotel and pointing him out to the hired shooters.

Another accused, Joseph Paulson, was released on bail in October 2013. He has been accused of providing global SIM cards to wanted gangster Chhota Rajan’s sharpshooter Satish Kalya and Asrani to communicate with their leader prior to the murder.

Despite the three main accused having been let out on bail, the Crime Branch believes that it has a watertight case, strong enough to get convictions for the accused. “We have gathered as much evidence in the matter as possible, and are hoping that the arrested accused will get convicted,” said Inspector Vilas Datirey, who is part of the investigating team, and is currently attached to the Social Service Branch.

Timeline

June 11, 2011: J Dey is shot dead in Powai, near his Hiranandani residence, by bike-borne assailants while he was on his way home on his motorcycle

June 16, 2011: Maharashtra journalists protest against the murder by gathering outside Mantralaya

June 27, 2011: 16 days after the murder, the Mumbai Crime Branch arrests seven people who were involved in the crime

September 8, 2011: MCOCA applied to charge all the accused

November 25, 2011: Journalist Jigna Vora arrested in the case

December 3, 2011: A chargesheet is filed against the arrested persons: Rohee Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph, Deepak Sisodia and Jigna Vora. Two persons, Rajan and his aide Nayan Singh, have been shown as wanted.

February 21, 2012: A second chargesheet is filed against the remaining accused

July 27, 2012: Jigna Vora gets bail

October 9, 2013: Paulson Joseph, one of the key accused in the case, is granted bail by the Bombay High Court on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh.

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