The Bombay High Court Division Bench consisting of Justice BP Dharmadhikari and Justice SK Shinde was hearing CBI’s appeal against the judgment passed by the Special court in which Journalist Jigna Vora was acquitted along with accused Paulson Palitara for lack of evidence in the murder of senior Journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. The Bombay High Court upheld the acquittal as there was no direct evidence to prove Jigna Vora’s involvement in her colleague’s murder.
Jigna Vora who was a former editor of Asian Age has been accused by the CBI of giving crucial information about Dey to Nikalje who was sentenced to life imprisonment for Dey’s murder. The CBI had alleged that Vora was jealous of Dey, so she instigated Nikalje who was otherwise called as Chhota Rajan against him. Dey was shot dead in Powai by gunmen and it was held that Vora provided Rajan with the details of Dey.
CP Patnaik who was the sanctioning authority under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 had stated that Vora was on leave before and after that incident happened. The call records of Vora were examined and that had failed to connect Vora directly with this case. Therefore the Court upheld the acquittal of Vora.
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