Maharashtra Police on Friday arrested Jigna Vora, a senior journalist under the stringent Maharashtra control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for allegedly abetting the murder of veteran crime reporter J Dey.
Ms. Vora, Deputy Bureau Chief of The Asian Age, was produced before a designated MCOCA court which remanded her in police custody till December 1.
Judge S.M. Modak also took on record an application filed by her lawyer saying Ms. Vora feared that she may be forced by police to make a confession but she did not wish to make any such disclosure as she had not committed any crime.
As soon as Ms. Vora entered the court, her colleagues embraced her and she broke down and wept uncontrollably. A senior colleague was seen comforting her saying “Don’t worry, be bold, we shall fight it out“.
Ms. Vora was arrested under IPC sections 120-b (conspiracy), 302 (Murder), 34 (common intention) besides sections 3, 25 and 27 of Arms Act. Ms. Vora has also been charged with section 3(1), 3(2) and 3(4) of MCOCA.
According to police, she allegedly provided registration number of Dey’s motorcycle to underworld don Chhota Rajan, who allegedly ordered the killing as he had written articles against him.
Dey was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11 by assailants who followed him on motorcycles.
Prosecutor Dilip Shah argued that police had learnt during investigation that Vora had passed on vital information to the Rajan gang which resulted in Dey’s murder. However, the motive behind the crime is yet to be established and police is working in that direction during the ongoing probe.
Seeking Ms. Vora’s custody, he said police wanted to know whether she had passed on information about Dey directly to the fugitive ganglord or members of the gang.
Ms. Vora had been questioned earlier but she had misled police, he said.Hindu