The Hush Post: A special MCOCA court has sentenced gangster Chhota Rajan and 8 others to life imprisonment.
He has been punished for the murder of journalist J Dey in June 2011. The court, however, acquitted journalist Jigna Vora and Paulson Joseph, who were a SIM card provider. All accused except Deepak Sisodia will also pay a fine of Rs 26 lakh each.
Rajan was held guilty of murder and conspiracy under (MCOCA). He presented himself to the court via a video conference facility from Delhi.
The prosecutor Pradeep Gharat did not seek death sentence for the convicts. He, however, left it to the court keeping in view the crime since it was an attack on the fourth pillar of democracy.
The contractors were hired for killing the victim. At the time of his death, Dey had a mother and a dependent sister. Dey’s mother has already died. Now the court should consider grant of compensation to his sister, it was argued.
51-year-old Dey was killed in Powai, allegedly at the behest of Chhota Rajan.
Besides Rajan, who was extradited to India in December 2015, 10 others had to undergo trial in that case. Journalist Jigna Vora who then worked for The Asian Age was suspected of passing on Dey’s information to the gangster.
Referring to the evidence, Gharat said call records showed very clearly that the assailants kept a watch on Dey, his movement near his own house and were at the murder spot when he was shot.
“Scientific reports showed the bullets recovered from Dey’s body and shells recovered from the spot matched with the weapon seized from a chawl in Amboli. Accused Satish Kalia guided the police to the chawl,” he said.
About Rajan, Gharat said his voice samples taken in Tihar jail, where he is lodged, matched perfectly with the recordings of conversations he had with a journalist after the murder.