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Verdict in Mumbai scribe Dey murder case on May 2

Verdict in Mumbai scribe Dey murder case on May 2
Mumbai: Nearly seven years after journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was gunned down in full public view, a special court her will pronounce the verdict in the case, in which among the accused is mafia don Rajendra S. Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan - on May 2, the prosecution said on Tuesday.
"The verdict date has been fixed for May 2 by the court," Special Public Prosecutor Pradip Gharat said.
The final arguments in the case which started before Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Adkar in February were concluded recently.
Besides Chhota Rajan - currently lodged in the Tihar Central Jail, New Delhi - another accused in the case is former Mumbai journalist Jigna Vora.
According to the investigators, it was Chhota Rajan who ordered the hit on Dey, a veteran crime reporter of Mumbai.
The mafia don was deported from Indonesia's Bali in November 2015 and subsequently made an accused in the case.
The 56-year old Dey, who was the Editor (Investigations) of Midday eveninger, was shot dead on June 11, 2011, near his Powai residence in central suburban Mumbai, sending shockwaves in media circles all over the country.
The investigations into the case were initially conducted by the local police but as the case ramifications became deeper, it was taken over by the Crime Branch. There was a sensational twist in the case when the police arrested Vora, the then deputy bureau chief of The Asian Age, Mumbai, in connection with the case on November 25 (2011) that year, besides 10 other accused.
Another accused (the 11th), named Vinod Asrani, alias Vinod Chembur, who was charged as the main co-conspirator and financer of the entire operation, died due to natural causes in April 2015 at a private hospital. He had also "pointed out" Dey to the gunmen at the scene of the crime that morning.
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