Mumbai: A special court in Mumbai has convicted gangster Chhota Rajan for the murder of veteran journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. The court also acquitted former journalist Jigna Vora and Joseph Paulsen in the case.

The verdict comes almost seven years after Dey was shot dead in the city. A Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court sentenced to life imprisonment to mafia don Rajendra S. Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and eight others found guilty in the sensational June 2011 killing of journalist J. Dey.

The verdict was pronounced by Special MCOCA Court Judge Sameer Adkar, after several hours of arguments between Special Public Prosecutor Pradip Gharat and the defence lawyers on the quantum of punishment after nine of the accused were held guilty this morning.

Rajendra S Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan is currently lodged in Tihar Central Jail in New Delhi, and was the prime accused in the case. The final arguments in the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court had started in February and concluded early in April.