Underworld don Chhota Rajan and eight others have been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing senior journalist Jyotirmay Dey seven years ago.
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court gave the verdict on Wednesday, reports the Hindustan Times.
The court also acquitted journalist Jigna Vora, and Paulson Joseph, a member of Rajan’s gang in the murder case.
The other convicts are Rohit Thangappan alias Satish Kalia, Anil Waghmode, Abhijit Shinde, Nilesh Shedge, Arun Dhake, Mangesh Agawane, Sachin Gaikwad, Deepak Sisodia, and Vinod Asrani, who died during the trial.
Jyotirmay Dey, who was the Editor (Investigations) of Midday, was shot dead on June 11, 2011, when he was on his way home in Powai.
According to the prosecution, gangster Chhota Rajan’s men followed the journalist from his mother’s house. Later, Kalia shot Jyotirmay near Powai garden before fleeing with the rest of the gang members.
The prosecution said the journalist was shot on the orders of Rajan, who was allegedly instigated by Jigna Vora, who worked with a different newspaper at the time.
According to the report, Chhota Rajan was deported from Indonesia’s Bali in November 2015 and subsequently made an accused in the case.
Arup Patnaik, police commissioner of Mumbai at the time of the murder, said this was the first time that an underworld don was convicted in a regular murder case.
According to CBI, Jyotirmay Dey was on the books of the underworld for which he was meeting members of all gangs, including those of Dawood Ibrahim.
CBI said Rajan was angry about Jyotirmay’s connections with the Dawood gang and Jyotirmay’s leaking information about him.
The Hindustan Times report said the dispute started over Jyotirmay Dey’s proposed book on the life of 20 gangsters, which the journalist wanted to name “Chindi – Rags to Riches.”
According to the CBI, between January and March 2011, Rajan tried several times to dissuade Jyotirmay from allegedly belittling him in his stories. Rajan in particular tried to dissuade him from writing “Chindi” — Rags to
Riches” and another one that eulogised gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Rajan feared the books would show him in a poor light.