Mumbai, May 2: A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Wednesday sentenced life imprisonment to mafia don Rajendra S. Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and eight others in the murder case of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey.
The verdict was pronounced by Judge Sameer Adkar, after several hours of arguments between Special Public Prosecutor Pradip Gharat and the defence lawyers on the quantum of punishment after nine of the accused were held guilty this morning, news agency IANS reported.
While journalists Jigna Vora and another accused, Joseph Paulsen, have been acquitted by the court.
The underworld was deported from Indonesia’s Bali in November 2015 and subsequently made an accused in the case
According to the reports, there were a total of 11 accused in the case of whom eight, including Satish Kalya, Anil Waghmode, Arun Dake, Mangesh Aagawane, Sachin Gaikwad, Abhijeet Shinde, Neelesh Shendge, Deepak Sisodia, were convicted.
The judgement came almost seven years after the brutal daylight killing of Dey in a public place in suburban Mumbai.
he 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, shocking the media community.