The bad blood between Jigna Vora and fellow journalist J Dey, which started off as a quest to outdo one another professionally, later proved to be the major factor in the diabolic murder conspiracy of Dey, the crime branch said in its supplementary charge sheet filed on Tuesday. Sources told HT that a former colleague of Dey has corroborated the “enmity” between the two, reflected in a series of text messages exchanged by them.
Roy said in March 2011, Rajan had called up his aide Paulson Joseph (an accused in the case) to arrange Rs2 lakh (to be handed over to Dey’s assassin Satish Kalya).
This was followed by Dey’s trip to London between April 28 and May 6 last year. Roy said: “We have evidence to suggest that Dey had asked Rajan to meet him in London,” adding, “we also have evidence to suggest Rajan suspected a trap and did not go to London.”
Roy did not elaborate what prompted Rajan to suspect a trap. He, however, said the crime branch had obtained the details of a series of calls made by Vora to Rajan and Paulson between May and June. These calls were suspected to be part of the conspiracy in the run-up to the crime, the charge sheet claims.
Roy said the enmity between Vora and Dey resurfaced (in print) on May 19, 2011. “Dey had published an article claiming that underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim had fled Pakistan. On May 25, Jigna called up Chhota Rajan to confirm the news, and, the very next day, she carried an article falsifying Dey’s article,” he added.
This was followed by an article published by Dey on May 30—where he described the waning grip of an ailing don (Rajan). Another article by Dey on June 2 claimed that Rajan’s top hitmen were on a pilgrimage. The crime branch claimed that Jigna had e-mailed those articles to Rajan.