Jyotirmoy Dey was 56 when he was shot dead on June 11, 2011. He was killed near his Powai residence in central suburban Mumbai. The murder had sent shockwaves in the media fraternity across the country.
A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai on Wednesday sentenced Gangster Chhota Rajan and 7 others to life imprisonment in journalist Jyotirmay Dey murder case. Earlier in the day, the court acquitted journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulson in the seven-year-old murder case of crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. The court also found gangster Chhota Rajan and eight others guilty for the murder of 56-year-old journalist. Both Vora and Rajan are currently lodged in the high-security Tihar Central Jail in Delhi.
Jyotirmoy Dey, 56, was shot dead in a broad daylight on June 11, 2017 near his Powai residence in Mumbai, sending shockwaves in media circles.
The case was initially probed by police but was later handed over to the Crime Branch due to ramifications. The case took a sensational turn when Vora was arrested by police in November same year. Vora was Deputy Bureau Chief of The Asian Age.
Investigators had claimed that Vora was in regular touch with Rajan and it was she who provoked him to kill Dey. According to media reports, Rajan was angry with Dey for using the word ‘chindi’ to refer to gangsters in his book.
After Rajan’s arrest, the CBI had taken over the probe and filed a supplementary chargesheet in which it had named him as an accused.
A total of 10 high-profile accused including Vora are presently lodged in the jail for their role in the murder of Dey.