Mumbai: A MCOCA court in Mumbai has convicted gangster Rajendra Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan while acquitting journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen in the killing of Mid-Day senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. J Dey was shot dead by motorcycle-borne shooters in Powar on June 2011. Meanwhile, this is the first major conviction for gangster Rajan since the deportation to India in 2015. The convicted people include shooters Satish Kaliya, Anil Waghmode, Arun Fake and Mangesh Agavane.
The accused were booked for murder and criminal conspiracy, among other charges. They were booked under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Following is the chronology of events in the J Dey case.
J Dey murder case: Chronology of events
June 11, 2011
Journalist Jyotirmoy Dey (56) shot dead near Hiranandani Gardens in suburban Powai. A case of murder filed at the Powai police station and the probe transferred to the Crime Branch.
June 27, 2011
Mumbai Crime Branch arrests seven people, including the shooter, Satish Kaliya, and others Abhijit Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge and Mangesh Agawane.
Based on their questioning, the police arrests three more accused - Vinod Asrani, Deepak Sisodia and Paulson Joseph.
July 7, 2011
Provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) invoked against the accused.
November 25, 2011
Journalist Jigna Vora arrested on charges of instigating gangster Chhota Rajan to plan the killing.
December 3, 2011
The Crime Branch files charge sheet in the case. Two persons - Chhota Rajan and Nayansingh Bisht - shown as wanted accused.
February 21, 2012
A supplementary charge sheet filed against Vora.
July 27, 2012
Jigna Vora gets bail.
April 10, 2015
Asrani dies in jail after prolonged illness.
June 8, 2015
The court frames charges against 11 accused under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections of 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention), along with relevant provisions of the MCOCA and the Arms Act.
October 25, 2015
Rajan arrested at Bali in Indonesia and deported to India. Later, lodged at Tihar Jail in Delhi.
January 5, 2016
The case transferred to the CBI.
November 7, 2016
Dey's wife Shubha Sharma deposes before the court, tells he was tensed since a week before the killing.
August 31, 2017
The special MCOCA court frames charges against Rajan.
February 22, 2018
The prosecution completes its final arguments.
April 2, 2018
The court records Rajan's final statement under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Rajan produced before the court from Tihar jail via video conference link.
April 3, 2018
The defence completes its arguments. The special MCOCA court reserves its judgement in case till May 2.
With PTI Inputs.