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Journalist J Dey murder case verdict HIGHLIGHTS: CBI court sentences Chhota Rajan and 8 others to life imprisonment

HIGHLIGHTS: In the first major conviction for gangster Rajendra Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan, a special CBI court in Mumbai has found him guilty in the Journalist Jyotirmoy Dey murder case.

Special CBI court likely to pronounce judgment on Jyotirmoy Dey murder case today
Journalist J Dey murder case verdict HIGHLIGHTS: The 56-year-old senior journalist was shot dead by motorcycle-borne shooters in Powai on June 11, 2011. Chhota Rajan was convicted in the case on Wednesday. (File Photo)

A special CBI court in Mumbai on Wednesday convicted gangster Rajendra Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and 8 others in the murder case of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. The 56-year-old journalist with Mid-Day was shot dead by motorcycle-borne shooters in Powai on June 11, 2011. Paulson Joseph and Jigna Vora were acquitted by the court.

The special CBI court sentenced all nine accused, including Chhota Rajan, to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist J Dey. In addition, they will also have to pay Rs 26 lakh in fine under all the sections.

This is the first major conviction for gangster Rajan since his deportation to India in 2015. Those convicted include shooters Satish Kaliya, Anil Waghmode, Arun Fake and Mangesh Agavane.

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The accused in the case 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). The case, which was initially probed by the Mumbai Police, was later transferred to the CBI.

Rajan has been lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi since 2015. He attended the trial via video-conferencing. There are at least 70 other cases pending against Rajan. He is a convict in a fake passport case in 2017 and currently serving seven-year jail term.

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A special CBI court in Mumbai convicted Chhota Rajan in the journalist Jyotirmoy Dey murder case today. Here is the latest news and updates.

Compensation of Rs 5 lakh to be paid to the deceased's sister

MCOCA court in Mumbai has ordered that a compensation of Rs 5 lakh be given to the sister of deceased journalist Jyotirmay Dey, the amount will be paid from the fines collected by the convicts. (ANI)

All accused sentenced to life imprisonment

All nine accused, including Chhota Rajan, sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist J Dey by special CBI court. In addition, they also have to pay Rs 26 lakh fine under all sections.

J Dey murder: The case file

Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat submitted that the accused should not be shown leniency since the attack on the journalist was an attack on the fourth pillar of democracy. The defence advocates submitted that it was not the rarest of rare case and hence they should not be given the death penalty. Read more here.

J Dey murder: The case file

Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat submitted that the accused should not be shown leniency since the attack on the journalist was an attack on the fourth pillar of democracy. The defence advocates submitted that it was not the rarest of rare case and hence they should not be given the death penalty. Read more here.

Quantum of sentence at 4.30 pm

The quantum of sentence for the convicts is likely to be announced at 4.30 pm this evening by Special judge Sameer Adkar. Rajan faces a maximum punishment of death and a minimum of life in prison.

Those convicted in the murder of J Dey include shooters Satish Kaliya, Anil Waghmode, Arun Fake and Mangesh Agavane. They shot him dead near his residence in Powai on June 11, 2011, at the behest of Chhota Rajan.

Justice served, says relative of Jigna Vora

Following the acquittal of Jigna Vora in the J Dey murder case, a relative says, "Justice has been served".

Chhota Rajan found guilty

Chhota Rajan has been found guilty in the case. Eight others are also convicted by the special CBI court in the murder of J Dey. Jigna Vora and Paulson Joseph have been acquitted by the court. The police had claimed Vora has 'instigated' Chhota Rajan against Dey. Joseph was accused of arranging SIM cards for the accused the communicate with Rajan and Vora. Vora was granted bail in July 2012.

In January, when Chhota Rajan's statement was recorded in the case, he had denied charges levelled against him. “It is false (to say) that I killed Dey,” Rajan was quoted as saying by PTI. He also claimed that fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, the police and politicians were colluding to get false cases registered against him. His statement was recorded under section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Under this section, an accused personally explain any circumstances appearing in the evidence against him.

There are at least 70 cases pending against Chhota Rajan. He was convicted in a fake passport case in 2017, and sentenced to seven years in jail.

Rajan is lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi

155 witnesses, including Dey's wife and his colleagues from the media, were examined by special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat. Rajan had been produced before the court for the trial via video-conferencing — he is lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi.

The case was initially investigated by the Mumbai Police, which arrested 11 people in 2011. The police claimed the accused had participated in and executed the conspiracy to murder Dey, on instructions from Rajan. At the time, the police had said that the gangster was absconding.

In 2015, Rajan was arrested from Indonesia. After his arrest, the case was transferred to the CBI. In its chargesheet, the central agency claimed that Rajan ordered Dey's murder.

Who was J Dey?

J Dey was a 56-year-old senior journist working with Mid-Day when he was shot dead on June 11, 2011, on his way to his residence in Powai in Mumbai. Four men on two bikes had chased Dey and killed him, allegedly at the behest of gangster Chhota Rajan. The CBI had claimed that Dey was murdered over his proposed books and “defamatory” articles which the gangster felt showed him in poor light.

Seven years after senior journalist J Dey was killed in Powai, a special CBI court in Mumbai is likely to pronounce its judgment in the case. Will the court find that the murder was committed at the behest of gangster Chhota Raja? Follow our LIVE blog for latest news and updates.

Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, also known as Chotta Rajan, has at least 70 cases registered against him. (AP Photo/File)

Senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, 56, who was working at Mid Day, was shot dead by motorcycle-borne shooters in Powai on June 11, 2011. Seven years later, a Special CBI court in Mumbai will decide whether the murder was committed at the behest of gangster Rajendra Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan.

Rajan faces the death penalty or a minimum of life imprisonment in the case. The quantum of sentence is yet to be pronounced by the court. Lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi, there are at least 70 other cases pending against Rajan. He is a convict in a fake passport case in 2017 and currently serving seven-year jail term.