J Dey Murder case: Bombay HC acquits former Journalist Jigna Vora

A Bombay HC bench stated that CBI had failed to give any direct evidence which links Vora to the killing of the Mid-day journalist

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Bombay High Court on Tuesday upheld a trial court verdict while acquitting the former Journalist Jigna Vora in connection with J Dey murder case. Dey (56), who was a Mid-day journalist, was shot dead on June 11, 2011. 

Bombay HC stated that Jigna Vora had no role in the conspiracy to assassinate Journalist J Dey. A bench of Justices BP Dharmadhikari and SK Shinde said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had failed to give any direct evidence which links Vora to the killing of the Mid-day journalist. 

Earlier in May last year, a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in its order stated that Vora can’t be considered guilty for merely passing on the victim’s motorcycle registration number.

In its chargesheet, the CBI had stated that Jigna Vora had given the same information to the main accused Gangster Chhota Rajan out of professional rivalry. 

According to the prosecution, the killing was carried out at the behest of Chhota Rajan as the gangster was unhappy with Dey’s reports which narrated the declining image of him in the underworld. 

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While hearing the matter, the bench asserted that CBI’s case was based on the phone calls made by the Vora, Rajan and others. However, it doesn’t establish that Vora conspired for Dey’s murder. The call details recovered from Vora’s mobile phone and SIM cards doesn’t directly link her to the case.

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