Journalist Dey murder case verdict tomorrow

Journalist Dey murder case verdict tomorrow

Dey, 56, was the Editor (Investigations) of Mid-Day.

Seven years after journalist-writer Jyotirmoy Dey was brutally gunned down, a special court in Mumbai is all set to pronounce the verdict on Wednesday.

On April 4, Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Adkar had announced that he would pronounce the verdict on May 2.

Dey, 56, was the Editor (Investigations) of Mid-Day. He was shot dead on July 11, 2011, at Powai, one of the posh central suburbs of Mumbai.

Notorious underworld don Rajendra Nikalje alias Chhota Rajan, who is currently lodged in Tihar jail, and journalist Jigna Vora, the then deputy bureau chief of Mumbai edition of The Asian Age, are among the accused.

All the 12 accused in the case have been arrested. One of the accused, Vinod Chembur, a bookie and builder who financed the crime, died a couple of years ago.

Dey had authored two books – ‘Khallas: An A to Z Guide to the Underworld’ and ‘Zero Dial: The Dangerous World of Informers’ – and was in the process of writing the third book – ‘Chindi: Rags to Riches’.

The investigations were transferred from the Powai police station to the Crime Branch-CID of Mumbai Police. Later, when Rajan was arrested, the case went to the CBI.

In the third book, Dey had portrayed Rajan as “chindi” (inconsequential or petty) and not as “don” and this had apparently angered Rajan.

The investigation revealed that Jigna Vora was in touch with Rajan and she had provoked the don, who ultimately ordered the journalist to be murdered.