Mumbai, July 25 : Mumbai journalist Jyotirmoy
Dey, who was gunned down last year, was planning to expose the
match-fixing racket in the IPL tournament, which resulted in his
killing, a top opposition leader claimed here Wednesday.
of opposition in Maharashtra legislative council Vinod Tawde claimed in
the house that Dey had information on the betting and match-fixing
racket in IPL because of which he was "silenced".
journalist Dey, 56, was the Editor (Investigations) of Mumbai tabloid
Mid-Day when he was gunned down June 11 ,2011, near his residence in
Powai by some motor-cycle borne assailants.
Tawde of Bharatiya
Janata Party further contended that another Mumbai journalist Jigna Vora
was arrested in the case as a diversionary tactic to combat the growing
Vora, deputy bureau chief of The Asian Age, was
nabbed Nov 25, 2011 for allegedly conspiring in Dey's killing along
with the mafia.
According to Tawde, the media had been building
up intense pressure on the police and government to solve Dey's murder
case and Vora's arrest was intended to divide the media fraternity.
urged further investigations in the sensational case to determine
whether mafia don Chhota Rajan Nikhalje or his rival Dawood Ibrahim
Kaskar were behind the killing.
So far, police have investigated
around a dozen persons, including Vora for their role in Dey's
sensational killing which shocked Mumbaikars and the entire country's
They have been charged under various stringent
provisions of the law, including the Maharashtra Control of Organised
Crime Act (MCOCA) and are presently in custody.