- Journalist J Dey was killed at market in suburban Mumbai in June 2011
- Police said Chhota Rajan had ordered the killing; 8 others were convicted
- Ex-journalist Jigna Vora, accused of instigating Chhota Rajan, acquitted
56-year-old Mr Dey, a crime reporter working with the Midday Eveninger, was shot down in broad daylight in June 2011.
The police said Chhota Rajan had ordered the killing, irked by his portrayal as a small-time crook in a book the journalist was planning to write. Known for his investigative pieces, Mr Dey was planning to do a compilation of the stories of 20 gangsters and call the volume "Chindi -- Rags to Riches".
On June 11, as Mr Dey was on his way home, he was gunned down at a market in Powai, suburban Mumbai. CCTV cameras from the market had recorded how the men, riding two motorcycles, closely trailed him before shooting him down. A Qualis was following behind. Satish Kalia, who was riding pillion in one of the bikes, shot Mr Dey five times with a Czech-made revolver.
Mr Dey was rushed to the nearby Hiranandani Hospital, where he died.
The hitmen panicked after they learnt the identity of the man they killed after TV channels and other media began reporting the murder. They dispersed to towns across the state and neighbouring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. They were finally tracked down and arrested from Rameshwaram, Solapur and Mumbai.
Ms Vora denied all charges and said her calls to Rajan were professional and she wanted to get an interview with him. She was later granted bail
In November 2015, Chhota Rajan was deported from Indonesia's Bali and was made an accused in the case. He is currently in Delhi's Tihar Jail.