The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Wednesday will pronounce its verdict in the case involving the murder of veteran journalist Jyotirmoy Dey.
Dey was shot dead in Powai on June 11, 2011, allegedly at the behest of gangster Chhota Rajan. The prosecution has examined 155 witness in the case, of which around 10 are reported to have turned hostile. Of the 14 accused in the case, Vinod Asrani has died and two are absconding. The 11 accused tried for his murder were Chhota Rajan, Satish Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Paulson Joseph, Deepak Sisodia and journalist Jigna Vora.
The Mumbai Police Crime Branch filed its charge sheet in the case on December 3, 2011. On August 5, 2016, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a supplementary charge sheet, which claimed Rajan had told a journalist that he suspected Dey was working for the D-gang, run by global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.
On May 30, 2011, Dey wrote an article titled ‘ Did Rajan plan hit on Kaskar?’ in which he claimed “sources believe the ageing gangster may have plotted the shooting as a desperate attempt to seize a lion’s share of the underworld pie.” On June 2, 2011, his article titled ‘ Rajan gangsters off to ‘pilgrimages’ ’ claimed that according the police , Rajan gang members are missing from their hideouts in the city.
According to the CBI supplementary charge sheet, Rajan had allegedly told a journalist after the murder, “J. Dey was writing many articles against me in newspapers. Hence I contacted him and enquired politely whether he has any personal enmity with me. He declined but continued writing against me.. like my gang has become weak and that I am sick, my loyal people have left me etc. All such write-ups of J Dey angered me. Hence I developed an impression that he had started working for the Dawood gang. I tried to convince him before killing him. But he did not listen. I am not sure whether he was really close to Dawood gang.. but his writings made me feel like that.”
Two Special Public Prosecutors (SPP) and one judge hearing the case have been replaced. Presently, SPP Pradeep Gharat is representing the CBI, while Special Judge Sameer S. Adkar is hearing the case.