A special court in Mumbai on Wednesday convicted gangster Chhota Rajan and eight others in the 2011 murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, ANI reported. The court acquitted journalists Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen.
The court, which deals with cases related to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, had on April 3 reserved its verdict.
Dey, a crime reporter, was shot dead in Powai, Mumbai, on June 11, 2011, while he was returning home. Rajan was one of the 12 accused in the case. Charges were framed against him in September 2016. He had denied any role in Dey’s murder.
According to a supplementary chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, Dey was killed at the behest of the gangster as he was not happy with the journalist’s articles and because Dey planned to write a book in which Rajan would purportedly be portrayed as a “chindi” or small fry. The proposed book was supposed to tell the stories of 20 gangsters who came from humble backgrounds.
Investigators said Rajan believed that Dey was working with the gangster’s arch rival Dawood Ibrahim. He also told an aide that journalist Jigna Vora had told him several times that Dey “is writing wrong things and is in touch with the other gang and was a traitor”.