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Accused in J Dey murder case seeks discharge from case

J Dey

Accused arrested in journalist Jyotirmoy Dey (`J Dey) murder case, has sought discharge on the ground that Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) is not applicable against him

J DeyMumbai: Rohit Tangapan alias Satish Kaliya, arrested in journalist Jyotirmoy Dey (`J Dey) murder case, has sought discharge on the ground that Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) is not applicable against him.

“We have filed a discharge application before the sessions court, saying MCOCA is not applicable and there is no prima-facie evidence against him,” said his lawyer S M Deshpande.

Deshpande said that under MCOCA, there must be some pecuniary gain to the accused but according to the police no money was paid to Kaliya as it was not a contract killing, so the stringent act cannot be invoked against him.

Kaliya’s application is likely to come up for hearing next week.

Dey, a veteran crime reporter, was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11, 2011.

Jigna Vora, former deputy chief of bureau of a city-based English newspaper, was also arrested in the case but she later got bail.

In December 2011, police filed a charge sheet against Kaliya, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaikwad, Anil Waghmode, Nilesh Shendge, Mangesh Agawane, Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph and Deepak Sisodia (all arrested). A separate charge sheet was filed against Vora later.

According to police, fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan, who was upset with a couple of articles written by Dey, ordered the killing.

PTI

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