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Published On: Wed, May 2nd, 2018

Chhota Rajan Gets Life In term in journalist J Dey murder case

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chhota-rajan_650x400_81460908625MUMBAI : Nearly seven years after the murder of veteran journalist Jyotirmoy Dey sent shock waves through the country, a courtin Mumbai has convicted gangster Chhota Rajan in the case. He has been given life imprisonment for the crime. Former journalist Jigna Vora, who was accused of instigating Chhota Rajan for the murder, has been acquitted for lack of evidence. Eight others have been convicted.

56-year-old Mr Dey, a crime reporter working with the Midday Eveninger, was shot down in broad daylight in June 2011.A Mumbai Court on Wednesday sentenced gangster Chhota Rajan and seven others to life imprisonment in journalist Jyotirmay Dey murder case. The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court convicted gangster Rajan in the  same case earlier in the day.Journalists Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen were also acquitted by the court in the case.Court_Says_No_T12518
The verdict comes nearly seven years after Dey was shot dead near his home in Powai in suburban Mumbai. Rajendra S. Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan, who according to reports had sanctioned Dey’s murder, is currently lodged in Tihar Central Jail in Delhi. Dey had written two books: ‘Khallas: An A to Z Guide to the Underworld’ and ‘Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers’.imagesThe police said Chhota Rajan had ordered the killing, irked by his portrayal as a small-time crook in a book the journalist was planning to write. Known for his investigative pieces, Mr Dey was planning to do a compilation of the stories of 20 gangsters and call the volume “Chindi — Rags to Riches”.
Chhota Rajan, whose real name is Rajendra S Nikhalje, had hired a contract killer for Rs. 5 lakh, the police said.  The man, Satish Kalia, who was found guilty, was not given the target’s identity, only his physical description and the number of his two-wheeler. The man had put together a seven-member team for the murder.
On June 11, as Mr Dey was on his way home, he was gunned down at a market in Powai, suburban Mumbai.

CCTV cameras from the market had recorded how the men, riding two motorcycles, closely trailed him before shooting him down. A Qualis was following behind. Satish Kalia, who was riding pillion in one of the bikes, shot Mr Dey five times with a Czech-made revolver.Mr Dey was rushed to the nearby Hiranandani Hospital, where he died.

Former journalist Jigna Vora was accused of instigating gangster Chhota Rajan for J Dey’s murder
A sensational twist to the case came three months later, when the police arrested Jigna Vora, who worked for The Asian Age in Mumbai. The police  said Ms Vora, driven by professional rivalry, used to instigate Chhota Rajan for the murder. She had also given him Mr Dey’s address and the number plate of his motorcycle.
Ms Vora denied all charges and said her calls to Rajan were professional and she wanted to get an interview with him. She was later granted b ailIn November 2015, Chhota Rajan was deported from Indonesia’s Bali and was made an accused in the case. He is currently in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.(With Agency Inputs).


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