Arrested Asian Age scribe 'abused' slain Mid Day journo Dey

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Jigna Vora
Mumbai, Nov 29: A senior scribe in Asian Age, Jigna Vora who was arrested by Mumbai police crime branch over her possible involvement in Mid Day journalist Jyotirmoy Dey's murder, has started reviling facts that she spoke to underworld don Chhota Rajan and bad mouthed Dey over the phone.

Vora, under police custody for three days now, had first denied any communication with Chota Rajan, who is believed to be the kingpin behind Dey's murder. However, she gradually conceded to police interrogation and admitted to her converse with the underworld don over the murdered scribe.

On July 11, 2011- Dey was gun downed by a group of four assailants on a bike at Powai.

Vora was arrested under IPC sections 302 (murder), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) besides sections 3, 25 and 27 of the Indian Arms Act. Vora has also been charged with 3(1), 3(2) and 3(4) of MCOCA. As per MCOCA.

A police officer from crime branch said that, earlier Vora had denied all the charges. But now she is cooperating and confessed her conversation with the key suspect through phone.

“During interrogation, Jigna admitted that she spoke to Rajan and abused Dey on some story-related issue. She is cooperating with us but she has still not disclosed a lot of things," officer said.

Official commented on Vora's prior statement, wherein she had refuted that she had spoken to Rajan, “In her first statement, she told us that she never spoke to Rajan. But when we showed her the interview with Rajan which was published in The Asian Age, she confessed that she spoke to him once. Then we showed her the call records which clearly showed that she had spoken to Rajan on quite a few occasions."

However, Vora confirmed her conversation with Rajan over phone abusing her counterpart related to some story and pleaded that she didn't intend to harm Dey.

Furthermore, the official said, “Vora was in Sikkim when Dey was shot dead and she came to know about the incident through her journalist friends but she didn"t make calls to enquire about the most shocking murder in her own fraternity. This act of hers also made us suspicious."

If Vora is proven guilty in charges against her, she could face the maximum punishment of death penalty and minimum imprisonment for life.

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