J Dey murder: Life sentence for Chhota Rajan and other accused
Seven years after mid-day's crime and investigations editor Jyotirmoy Dey was gunned down on a rainy afternoon in June 2011, a city court was pronounced a verdict today
A Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court on Wednesday found mafia don Rajendra S. Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and eight others guilty in the murder of journalist J. Dey in June 2011.
The court pronounced life imprisonment to Chhota Rajan and other accused. But a co-accused journalist, Jigna Vora, who was charged among other offences with conspiracy was acquitted by Special Judge Sameer Adkar, Special Public Prosecutor Pradip Gharat told IANS. Also acquitted was Joseph Paulson, who was charged with providing mobile SIM cards for executing the planned murder, he added.
The prime accused found guilty was Chhota Rajan, who had ordered the "hit" on Dey, a veteran crime reporter of Mumbai.
The mafia don was deported from Bali in Indonesia in November 2015 and subsequently made an accused in the case. The 56-year old Dey, who was the Editor (Investigations) of Midday eveninger, was shot dead on June 11, 2011 near his Powai residence in central suburban Mumbai, shocking the media community.
Of the 11 accused, eight, including some sharps-hooters, have been found guilty, almost seven years after the daylight killing of Dey in a public place.
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