Lack of evidence to establish Jigna Vora’s connection with gangster Chhota Rajan and her role in senior journalist J Dey’s murder was the primary reason for a designated MCOCA court granting her bail on Friday.
The prosecution failed to corroborate the statements of journalists and interceptions allegedly recorded by the crime branch with material and supporting evidence.
Also, the forensic reports of her six mobile phones were not conclusive as the experts were unable to retrieve crucial data due to unavailability of tools.
The prosecution alleged that Vora instigated Rajan into ordering the hit on Dey. According to the police, the motive behind it was jealousy.
However, her counsel contended that Rajan had developed animosity against Dey before Vora got in touch with him.
Vora, in her plea, stated that the allegations made against her were baseless and false and the prosecution had no evidence to prove their case. “There is not a single outgoing call made by her. It would, therefore, be wrong to state that she had instigated Rajan against Dey by speaking ill about him,” the bail plea said.
Her counsel further contended that the statements of journalists to whom Rajan had spoken were, in legal terms, extra judicial confessions and could not be considered in absence of the material and supportive evidence.
Also, all the calls made to and by Rajan were for an interview, which Vora had subsequently published in her paper.
The prosecution had alleged that Vora had tried to misguide the investigating agency by publishing wrong reports in the case. However, it again failed to support the allegation with material evidence.
The crime branch claimed that Vora had allegedly sent Dey’s motorcycle number, his office and residential addresses and articles written by him to Rajan through emails. However, the agency is yet to get the details from two email accounts.