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J Dey Murder Case: Gangster Chhota Rajan Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

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| May 2 , 2018 , 16:36 IST

Notorious Mumbai-based gangster Chhota Rajan and 7 other accused on Wednesday were sentenced to life imprisonment by the special court for murdering Journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in 2011.

He was convicted by a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in connection with the murder of Mid-Day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey, popularly known as J Dey. Asian Age journalist Jigna Vora, also accused in the case, was acquitted by the same court.

The conviction took place nearly 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.

The final arguments in the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court for the J Dey murder case began in February and concluded early last month, with Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Adkar fixing May 2 as the date of the verdict.

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According to investigators, Chhota Rajan had ordered the killing of 56-year-old Dey who was a veteran crime reporter at the time. Further investigations claimed that Vora, then Deputy Bureau Chief of The Asian Age, was allegedly in regular contact with Chhota Rajan and provoked him to order the murder of Dey.

While Vora was arrested in November 2011 along with 10 others, mafia don Chhota Rajan was deported from Bali in Indonesia in November 2015. Another accused, Vinod Asrani alias Vinod Chembur, allegedly the main co-conspirator and financier of the murder operation, died of natural causes in April 2015 at a private hospital. Reportedly, around Rs 5 lakh were paid for the contract killing, with an advance of Rs 2 lakh.

A total of 155 witnesses were examined during the trial, in which the 3 accused recorded their confessional statement on their roles in the murder.

Dey was the author of two books: "Khallas: An A to Z Guide to the Underworld", and "Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers", and was penning his third book, "Chindi: Rags to Riches" in which he had portrayed mafia don Chhota Rajan as 'Chindi' (petty).