A MCOCA court in Mumbai has sentenced gangster Chhota Rajan in journalist Jyotirmay Dey murder case, while acquitting journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen. This came after the dreaded gangster was convicted by the same court earlier on Wednesday.
Rajan, who was extradited to India in November 2015, was booked under MCOCA due to his thriving ‘crime syndicate,’ and also charged under provisions of the Arms Act case. Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Adkar had on 3 April fixed 2 May for the verdict.
Dey, a veteran crime journalist, who had extensively covered Mumbai underworld for over two decades, was shot dead in broad daylight, by gangster Chhota Rajan’s men, in June 2011. According to investigators, Chhota Rajan had ordered the killing of Dey, who was the editor (Investigations) of Midday newspaper.
Dey had planned a book, titled ‘Chindi-Rags to Riches’, wherein he was going to write the stories of 20 gangsters with humble origins.
“Dey was going to expose the fake patriotic mask used by him (Rajan) to secure himself and to accumulate wealth for his family. The book was to have that Rajan had no concern for those who made him big,” the charge sheet had said.
The stunning twist in the case came when police arrested Vora, then Deputy Bureau Chief of The Asian Age, Mumbai, on 25 November, 2011 and 10 others. It was alleged that that Vora was allegedly in regular contact with Chhota Rajan and provoked him to eliminate Dey.
A special court last year had awarded seven-year jail term to Rajan and three retired public servants in a fake passport case.