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J Dey murder: Chhota Rajan, 8 others sentenced to life imprisonment

Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Adkar had on April 3 fixed May 2 for the verdict.

Several high-profile accused in Dey’s murder include Rajendra S Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan, currently lodged in Tihar Central Jail in New Delhi, and former Mumbai journalist Jigna Vora.

The final arguments in the Special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) Court had started in February and concluded early last month.

According to investigators, Chhota Rajan ordered the killing of Dey, a veteran crime reporter of Mumbai. Dey, 56, was the Editor (Investigations) of Midday Eveninger, and was shot dead on June 11, 2011, near his Powai residence in central suburban Mumbai.

The investigations were initially conducted by police but were taken over by the Crime Branch due to its ramifications.

After Chhota Rajan’s arrest, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the murder probe and made him an accused in a supplementary chargesheet.

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