Mumbai: Statement of a witness in the charge
sheet of the J Dey murder case is one of the "key" evidences
against journalist Jigna Vora who allegedly instigated
underworld don Chhota Rajan to order the killing of the
veteran reporter, a Crime Branch official said.
This statement mentioned in the 3,055-page charge sheet
is a "pivotal and key" testimonial evidence, which states that
Rajan had ordered the murder of Dey and that Vora instigated
the killing, the official said.
The witness, who is a kin of arrested accused Vinod
Asrani, had spoken to Rajan after the murder, when the latter
had told the former that he regretted killing Dey, the
"The witness told us that Rajan called him and stated
that he was regretting the murder of Dey and claimed that
Jigna had incited him. The witness` statement was recorded
under under Section 164 of the CrPC before a magistrate. His
statement is attached with the charge sheet," he said.
Nearly six months after the murder of Jyotirmoy Dey, the
city police yesterday filed the charge sheet against 12
accused, including fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan, in the
special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)
The charge sheet did not name the recently arrested
accused Vora, Deputy Bureau Chief of `The Asian Age`. A
separate supplementary charge sheet, elaborating Vora`s role
in the crime, will be filed later, police said.
Dey, working with city-based tabloid Mid Day, was shot
dead in suburban Powai on June 11 by assailants, who followed
him on motorcycles at the behest of Rajan, who gave Rs 5 lakh
to the accused for the murder contract, police said.
Rajan had apparently ordered Dey`s killing as the latter
had written articles against him.