Journalist J Dey murder case: Court likely to pronounce judgment today

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Almost seven years after journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was gunned down in suburban Mumbai, a special court is likely to pronounce its verdict in the sensational case on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, two accused, journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen, have been acquitted by the court.

The conviction took place almost 7 years after the murder of Dey on June 11, 2011 when J Dey was allegedly shot multiple times on his back while he was on a motorcycle by a 7-member gang affiliated to gangster Chhota Rajan.

There was a sensational twist to the case when police arrested Vora, then Deputy Bureau Chief of The Asian Age, Mumbai, on November 25, 2011, besides 10 others.

There were 14 accused in the case of whom two are absconding and one who has died. It was said that Vora instigated Rajan against Dey and had provided Rajan with Dey's vehicle registration number and address via an email, but no such email was ever recovered. The CBI, led by special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat, examined 155 witnesses, of which eight turned hostile.

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This is the first major conviction for gangster Rajan since his deportation to India in 2015.

Before the verdict was handed out, the prosecution stated that Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan alias Seth alias Nana was the main accused in the J Dey murder case who ordered the hit, according to the prosecution. The rest of the 11 accused, including Rajan and Vora, have gone under trial. Instead, an angry Rajan made a decision to order the journalist's murder.

According to the CBI, between January and March 2011, Rajan tried several times to dissuade Dey from belittling him through his stories.

Police believed that Rajan killed Dey as he suspected that he was working for his arch nemesis Dawood Ibrahim. Key witnesses were journalists to whom Rajan spoke after the murder.

Besides, the underworld don, the other convicted in the case are Satish Kalya, Anil Waghmode, Arun Dake, Mangesh Aagawane, Sachin Gaikwad, Abhijeet Shinde, Neelesh Shendge, Deepak Sisodia.