A representative from the Press Club,Mumbai,visited the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Tuesday to meet journalist Jigna Vora,who was arrested for her alleged role in the murder of senior journalist J Dey.
The representative was in the court to inquire whether Vora was treated well in police and judicial custody,and whether she has access to legal aid.
We sought permission from the police and met her on Tuesday, said Gurubir Singh,president of the Press Club,Mumbai. Singh added that the club was concerned about the safety of Vora.
Dey,who was working with city-based tabloid Mid Day,was allegedly shot dead on the orders of fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan who paid Rs 5 lakh for the killing. The Press Club had earlier issued a statement which said,Though the innocence or guilt of Vora is still an open issue,and the police are yet to prove their case,the prima facie evidence cited seems far-fetched. For instance,the claims made by the police that she supplied the motorcycle registration number,etc,to Chhota Rajan,and that she had professional rivalry with Dey,are to indirectly blame professional media rivalry for a crime for which the motive remains a mystery.
Vora,who was working as the deputy bureau chief of The Asian Age,Mumbai,was arrested on November 25 under the MCOCA for allegedly providing vital information to Rajan. Vora has maintained that she is innocent and her newspaper has stated that it stands by her.
Meanwhile,on Tuesday,the Special MCOCA court extended Voras judicial custody till January 16.
The Mumbai Police Crime Branch are yet to file a chargesheet against Vora,while a chargesheet against the other 10 arrested accused in the case was filed last month. One of the accused in the case,Anil Waghmode,has moved a bail application on medical grounds. The court is expected to hear his application next week.