Today’s morning greeted Mumbai city with the most awaited breaking news, the Conviction of Chhota Rajan. Putting an end to seven years of trials, The Special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) Court declared the underworld don, Chhota Rajan, and nine others guilty in the J. Dey murder case. But the court has acquitted Asian Age journalist, Jigna Vora and Paulson Joseph of all the charges in this case.
It was that dark night of June 11, 2011 when Mid-day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey, better known as J. Dey was allegedly shot multiple times while on a motorcycle as the bystanders watched in shock. This awful event had taken place in Powai. It is believed that he was shot by seven unidentified men associated with the renowned gangster, Chhota Rajan.
The main reasons that led to this murder were several reports published on the Mumbai underworld by Dey. And also his persistent working on a story that focused mainly on Rajan and calling him a “Chindi” (loser-ish or stingy)
The story revealed from the charge sheet filed in the case states that, Rajan was certain of Dey working with the support of his ex-boss turned rival Dawood Ibrahim and the ISI. It is also believed that the journalist had turned down the gangsters alarming requests for not publishing some stories he had written on Rajan’s life. After decades of being on the run, Rajan was finally arrested in 2015 from Bali, Indonesia. Mumbai police were the first investigators of the J.Dey case before it was transferred to the CBI in 2016.
The prosecution examined total of 155 witnesses of which 10 have reportedly turned hostile. Out of the 14 main accused in this case, two are still absconding and one named Vinod Asrani had died of natural causes during the time of trials. The remaining total 11 main accused are Chhota Rajan, Satish Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawne, Paulson Joseph, Deepak Sasodia and Jigna Vora.
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FRIENDS TURNED FOE – DAWOOD AND RAJAN:
In the Tilak Nagar area of Mumbai during the 1980’s had lived a name, Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, a petty black marketer of cinema tickets. No person knowing him back than would have ever thought that one day this petty black marketeer would eventually rise to be the right hand of a mobster terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.
It was in 1989, during the Gawli- Dawood gang war that Rajan had escaped to Dubai. Still working for Dawood, Rajan became involved in several of criminal cases like extortion, smuggling, drug trafficking, etc.
In 1993, Rajan bid his good bye to the D-Company forming his own independent gang. But it was not so much as a good bye for both, D-company and Rajan gang had frequent clashes. To be precise Rajan is wanted in total 17 murder cases and several attempted murders. In the J.Dey case, the court has pronounced the quantum of punishment around 4 pm this evening.
Prosecution, Pradeep Gharat, had argued that Dey’s murder is an attack on the freedom of press and had demanded maximum punishment. The Special Judge, Sameer Adkar pronounced the verdict before all the accused. The nine accused including Chhota Rajan has been awarded life imprisonment along with Rs. 26 Lakh fine under all sections.