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The ‘J’ Factor?

Journalist Jigna’s arrest stuns the fraternity

The ‘J’ Factor?
Fotocorp (From Outlook, December 12, 2011)
The ‘J’ Factor?
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It’s a distinction no one would want but one which Jigna Vora will have to live with. She became the first woman journalist ever to be arrested and charged under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA). Vora, 38, deputy bureau chief of The Asian Age, was arrested on November 25 in connection with the murder of veteran crime reporter J. Dey on June 11 this year. Ten people, including sharpshooter Rohit Thankkapan alias Satish Kalia, have been arrested so far, most of them owing allegiance to underworld fugitive don Rajendra Nikhalje, better known as Chhota Rajan.

Jigna, a familiar figure on the courts and crime reporting circuits in Mumbai, was picked up from her mother’s house in Ghatkopar and charged with IPC sections 302 (murder), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 3 (common intention), read with the Indian Arms Act sections 3, 25 and 27, in addition to MCOCA sections 3(1), 3(2) and 3(4). This makes it difficult for Jigna to be discharged even if the MCOCA sections are dropped later.

According to the police case against her, Jigna had passed on details about Dey’s address, the registration number of his motorbike—which he was riding at the time he was shot—and other information to Rajan via phone and e-mail. Based on Rajan’s conversations with a few of the other accused—during which he allegedly regretted ordering the shooting and mentioned Jigna as the one who had poisoned him against Dey—the police say she had brought to Rajan’s notice some of Dey’s stories early this year that were supposedly against the don’s interests. Police sources add that she had...

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