Woman accused of killing fellow journalist

2012-02-22 17:47

Mumbai - A female journalist working for a leading Indian newspaper has been charged over her alleged role in the murder of a Mumbai crime reporter by gangsters.

Police said Jigna Vora, a journalist with the Asian Age, was charged over passing on details of a senior journalist, Jyotirmoy Dey, to his killers.

Officers called Vora an "instigator" to the crime in documents filed in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Vora, who was arrested in November, has been charged under laws against murder, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.

The 37-year-old gave details of Dey's home address and his motorcycle licence plate number to gangsters working for the underworld don Chhota Rajan, who allegedly executed the killing, the police say.

Dey, the investigations editor at the Mid-day daily tabloid, had written extensively on gangland activities.

He was gunned down by a contract killer in a daylight drive-by shooting in a northern Mumbai suburb in June last year.

Rajan allegedly paid $10,000 to the suspected killer Satish Kalya, who is also under arrest.

Dey's newspaper said at the time of his death that Dey was "a victim of his fearless journalism".