Chronology of events in J Dey murder case

Mumbai: Following is the chronology of events in the J Dey case in which a Mumbai court on Wednesday convicted gangster Chhota Rajan and acquitted former journalist Jigna Vora and another accused.


June 11, 2011: Journalist Jyotirmoy Dey (56) is shot dead near Hiranandani Gardens in Powai area of north-east Mumbai in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. A case of murder filed at the Powai police station and the probe transferred to the Crime Branch.

June 27, 2011: The Mumbai Crime Branch arrests seven people, including the shooter, Satish Kaliya, and others — Abhijit Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge and Mangesh Agawane.

Based on their questioning, the police arrests three more accused — Vinod Asrani, Deepak Sisodia and Paulson Joseph.

July 7, 2011: Provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) invoked against the accused.

November 25, 2011: Journalist Jigna Vora is arrested on charges of instigating gangster Chhota Rajan to plan the killing.

December 3, 2011: The Crime Branch files charge sheet in the case. Two persons — Chhota Rajan and Nayansingh Bisht — shown as wanted accused.

February 21, 2012: A supplementary chargesheet filed against Vora.

July 27, 2012: Vora gets bail.

April 10, 2015: Asrani dies in jail after prolonged illness.

June 8, 2015: The court frames charges against 11 accused under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections of 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention), along with relevant provisions of the MCOCA and the Arms Act.

October 25, 2015: Rajan arrested at Bali in Indonesia and deported to India. Later, lodged at Tihar Jail in Delhi.

January 5, 2016: The case transferred to the CBI.

November 7, 2016: Dey’s wife, Shubha Sharma, gives her deposition before the court, says he has been tense from a week before the killing.

August 31, 2017: The special MCOCA court frames charges against Rajan.

February 22, 2018: The prosecution makes its final arguments.

April 2, 2018: The court records Rajan’s final statement under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Rajan is produced before the court from Tihar jail via video conference link.

April 3, 2018: The defence completes its arguments. The special MCOCA court reserves its judgement in case until May 2.


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