A special Maharashtra Court found the gangster Chota Rajan and eight others guilty and sentenced life imprisonment for killing crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey.
Others accused were: Abhijeet Shinde, Satish Kaliya, Sachin Gaikwad, Arun Dhake, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Deepak Sisodia, Vinod Asrani (dead) have also been convicted while Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulson were acquitted.
The accused were booked under section 302 (Pertaining to murder), 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 204 (destruction of evidence) and under various provisions of the stringent MCOCA and the Arms Act.
Chota Rajan is currently lodged in Tihar Jail and has been serving seven years imprisonment for ‘Fake passport’. The prosecution had demanded maximum punishment for the convicts, saying that J Dey was a journalist who represented the fourth pillar of democracy.
Dey, a veteran crime journalist who had extensively covered Mumbai underworld for more than 20 years was shot dead in broad daylight by Chota Rajan’s men in June 2011.
As much as Rs 5 Lakh was paid for the contract killing, including Rs 2 Lakh in advance.
The police cracked the case within a fortnight and arrested seven sharpshooters of his gang. The case, however, was later handed over to CBI in 2016 after Rajan was deported from Indonesia’s Bali to India, and subsequently made an accused in the case.
J Dey had written articles and books such as Khallas: An A to Z Guide to the Underworld and Chindi: Rags to Riches, etc.
It was reported that Dey portrayed the gangster as Chindi in his upcoming book that irked him.
The police believe Rajan killed Dey as he suspected that the journalist was working for his rival Dawood Ibrahim while Vora, a journalist accused of instigating Rajan against Dey owing to a professional rivalry.