Mumbai Police lack information about those who had ordered the killing of journalist J Dey.
Even though four years have passed since J Dey murder but the Mumbai police remains clueless about the motive of the murder. The absence of motive in the Mumbai Police version of the J. Dey murder case is not the first instance where the most important reason for a crime remains a mystery. Seven people were arrested and the murder weapon seized, but the motive still eludes the police. The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court issued summons to the witnesses for recording of evidence in journalist J Dey murder case. As per the Mumbai Police’s own admission, the gun used for killing Dey was a sophisticated revolver and had been imported from the US. It was handed over to Satish Kalia, the Rajan shooter entrusted with the ‘job’, in Kathgodam near Nainital, just about 85 km from Nepal. So the most probable location for the gun to enter India would be Nepal.
And there’s a pertinent question! While working on the Dongri shootout story, did Dey find out something that was supposed to be kept under wraps? The court has issued summons to some 10 witnesses who will start deposing in the case as prosecution witnesses.
The recording of evidence will start later this month. The court had framed charges against 11 accused including the journalist Jigna Vora on June 8. The charges (against various accused) include being a part of the gang run by fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan and hatching a conspiracy to kill Dey who was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11, 2011.
Vora is accused of passing on key information such as the number plate of Dey’s motorcycle and his address to Rajan. The police arrested her in November 2011 and she was granted bail on July 2012.
Police had in December 2011 filed the charge sheet against Satish Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia all in jail.
According to police, Rajan, who was upset with Dey over two articles written by him which purportedly portrayed the fugitive don in bad light, ordered the journalist’s killing. The charge sheet claims that Vora had instigated Rajan to kill him, owing to her own professional rivalry with Dey.
The Mumbai Police said they have solved the J Dey murder case by arresting seven people. But the police don’t have information about those who had ordered the killing and provided the arms under their grasp.