Mumbai: Journalist Jigna Vora, arrested for
her alleged role in the J Dey murder, has confessed that she
had spoken against senior crime journalist while talking to
gangster Chhota Rajan, a crime branch official said on Wednesday.
"She admitted that she had spoken ill of Dey while
talking to Rajan," said the official, requesting anonymity.
The forensic laboratory report on the six mobile phones
belonging to Vora is being awaited, he said, adding, "Vora is
not co-operating much. There are many facts which she is
Vora, deputy bureau chief of The Asian Age, had handed
over four mobile phones to a lady and one Murtuza known to her
after her name cropped up in the probe and reports about her
likely arrest began circulating in the media, the official
After her arrest, police recovered two mobile phones from
her. Recently, she handed over one mobile phone and Murtuza
gave three mobile phones and a memory card to the crime branch
stating that Vora had given these phones, police said.
"She had used these four phones for the past one-and-a-
half-year at some point or the other," he added.
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 five
lakh to the accused for the murder contract, police said.
Vora was arrested last month for allegedly providing
vital information regarding Dey to Rajan, resulting in the
latter`s killing, according to police.
Nearly six months after the murder of Dey, city police
filed the charge sheet against 12 accused, including Rajan, in
the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court.
The charge sheet did not name Vora. A separate
supplementary charge sheet, elaborating her role in the crime,
would be filed later, police said.