Custody Extended For Suspect In Journalist’s Murder


Mumbai: A special court on Monday extended till December 9 the police custody of journalist Jigna Vora, arrested on charges of abetting the murder of senior crime reporter J. Dey.

Ms. Vora was remanded to further police custody after prosecutor Dilip Shah argued that new material had come to light in the last few days and this needed to be probed.

He also said that Ms. Vora was not cooperating with the investigation.

Ms. Vora, Deputy Chief of Bureau of Asian Age, was recently arrested under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on charges of supplying licence plate number of the motorcycle and address of the slain journalist to underworld don Chhota Rajan.

Dey, working with city-based tabloid Mid-Day, was shot dead on the orders of Rajan, who allegedly gave Rs. 5 lakh to the accused for the contract killing that took place in suburban Powai on June 11.

Police, on December 3, had filed charge sheet against arrested accused — Rohee Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia.

Police has alleged that Rajan was upset with two articles written by Dey which portrayed him in bad light and hence by murdering the journalist he wanted to sent a message to the media that those who write against him would be killed.

Police also alleged that Ms. Vora had instigated Rajan to kill Dey due to professional rivalry.

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