A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court, in Mumbai, on Monday, framed charges against 10 persons, including journalist Jigna Vora, who have been accused in the 2011 murder case of Mumbai based journalist, J. Dey.
“The court has framed charges against Vora and nine others under sections of MCOCA, Indian Penal Code, besides other acts. All the accused have pleaded innocence,” said a crime branch official.
Special Judge A.L. Pansare, read out the charges to all accused. All the nine accused pleaded not guilty after the procedure.
The court has charged the accused with being part of the underworld gang run by fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan, besides hatching a conspiracy and killing the scribe, on 11 June 2011.
Dey, a senior journalist working with ‘Mid-Day’, was shot dead in suburban Powai, in Mumbai, by assailants who followed him on motorcycles.
Vora is accused of passing on key information, like the number plate of J. Dey’s motorcycle and his address to the murderers. The police had arrested her on November 2011 and she was granted bail in July 2012.
Also, in December 2011, the police had filed a charge sheet against the accused, namely Satiah Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia. A separate charge sheet was later filed against Vora.
As per the 3,055-page charge sheet, Vora (who is now out on bail) allegedly instigated Rajan to execute Dey, for professional rivalry.
One of the accused Vinod Asrani, died recently and the case against him has abated, while Rajan, along with Narayan Bisht, one of the conspirators, are wanted in the case.
According to the police, Chhota Rajan had ordered to kill J. Dey after the former was upset with two articles written by Dey, which purportedly portrayed the top gangster in bad light.