Age: 49 Years
Marital Status: Separated
|Full name||Jigna Jitendra Vora The Hindu|
|Nickname(s)||JV Mumbai Mirror|
|Profession(s)||Former Crime Reporter, Consciousness Healer, Aatmic Awareness Teacher, Tarot Card Reader, Astrologist|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 5”
|Date of Birth||Year, 1974|
|Age (as of 2022)||49 Years|
|College/University||• DG Ruparel College, Mumbai
• K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai
|Educational Qualification(s)||• A bachelor’s degree in Law from DG Ruparel College, Mumbai
• A one-year diploma in mass communications from the K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai Mid-Day
|Religion||Jigna Vora is a disciple of spiritual guru Satish Kaku, the founder and trustee of the Swarg Foundation. Behind Bars in Byculla- Google Books During her time in prison, for her alleged connection to the murder of J Dey, she experienced a spiritual awakening, which was influenced by her talks with BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur (better known as Sadhvi Pragya). Mumbai Mirror|
|Ethnicity||Gujarati Behind Bars in Byculla- Google Books|
|Food Habit||Vegetarian Behind Bars in Byculla- Google Books|
|Controversies||Accused of J Dey's Murder
Crime reporter for Mid-Day J Dey was killed in a shootout at Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai on 11 June 2011. The assailants were later identified as hitmen affiliated with the underworld figure Chotta Rajan. On 25 November 2011, Jigna, who was working as the Deputy Chief of Bureau for the Asian Age at the time, was arrested by the police under suspicion of her involvement in the high-profile murder. The police alleged that Vora provided crucial information to Rajan, including Dey's address and motorcycle license plate number, to plan the assassination. She faced charges under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, such as murder, criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence, and the Arms Act. Investigating officer Himanshu Roy presented phone records of conversations between Rajan and Vora as evidence to support the murder allegations against her. The police also claimed that the professional rivalry between Vora and Dey was the motive behind the murder. However, the police lacked strong evidence to incriminate her. Vora was imprisoned in Byculla Women's Jail in Mumbai and remained there for nine months. On 27 July 2012, she was granted bail by a special court due to her responsibilities as a single parent taking care of a child. The special court judge, S M Modak, also noted that Vora had no previous criminal record. In 2018, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court convicted Chotta Rajan and eight other defendants in the case, while Vora was acquitted due to a lack of evidence. Deccan Chronicle
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||4 December 1998|
|Husband/Spouse||Name Not Known|
|Children||She has a son.|
|Parents||Father- Name Not Known
Mother- Harshaben (deceased)
|Others||Grandfather- Tulsidas Hargovindas (deceased)|
|Salary (approx.)||In an interview, she revealed that she was earning over Rs 1 lakh as the Deputy Chief of Bureau of Asian Age. Mid-Day|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Jigna Vora
- Jigna Vora is a former crime reporter who gained attention in 2011 when she was arrested for her alleged involvement in the murder of renowned journalist Jyotirmoy Dey (affectionately known as J Dey). However, she was acquitted of all charges in 2018. Throughout her career, she worked for various media houses like the Free Press Journal, Mid-day, Mumbai Mirror, and the Asian Age. While in prison, she experienced a spiritual transformation that inspired her to become a consciousness healer and Aatmic Awareness teacher. Apart from that, she is also a professional tarot card reader and astrologist.
- She was inspired to pursue a career in crime reporting by watching Velly Thevar, a renowned crime reporter from The Times of India, who was also her faculty at K. J. Somaiya.
- In 1998, she got married at the behest of her parents and moved to Bharuch, Gujarat. It was an arranged marriage for which she had to give up her internship at a well-known law firm. They had informed her that her husband was an engineer who ran a printing press in Bharuch. However, she eventually discovered that the claims were untrue, which resulted in a troubled marriage and eventual separation.
- In 2004, she returned to her maternal home in Garodia Nagar, Ghatkopar, along with her son, and decided to pursue a career in media.
- Vora enrolled her son in a boarding school in Panchgani, Maharashtra in 2009.
- After finishing her formal education, she secured a job as a court reporter at the Free Press Journal (FPJ) in November 2005. She remained there for a period of 10 months. Her first assignment involved covering the case of gangster Abu Salem at the special TADA court in Arthur Road Jail.
- Over the next six years, she gained recognition for her work in crime reporting, progressing from a novice reporter to the position of deputy chief of the bureau at an English newspaper.
- In 2006, she joined Mumbai Mirror as a court reporter, where she was assigned to cover the sessions court in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.
- In December 2005, she reported on her first underworld story, which involved the arrest of Chhota Rajan‘s wife Sujata Nikalje under the MCOCA for making extortion threats against a builder.
- Subsequently, she became a senior correspondent for the sessions court at Mid-Day, where she worked with J Dey.
- Her major story about the controversial encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma garnered significant attention nationwide.
- In May 2008, she started working at the Asian Age, a publication affiliated with Deccan Chronicle. As a reporter, she covered the stories of various defendants, including Fahmeeda (a bomb blast suspect), Maria Susairaj (an accused in the high-profile Neeraj Grover murder case), and Jaya Chheda (accused of murdering her husband).
- Some of her other notable reports involved a series of articles on the killing of gangland operative Fareed Tanasha in Tilaknagar, coverage of right-wing terror groups from Gujarat, and an Andheri land scam centred around a landlord who had been mistakenly declared deceased multiple times despite being alive.
- In 2011, prior to her arrest for alleged involvement in J Dey’s murder, she held the position of Deputy Chief of Bureau at Asian Age.
- Before her arrest, Jigna Vora was the subject of various rumours. In August 2011, a fellow reporter informed Vora about speculations surrounding her alleged extramarital affair with Dey. The rumours further claimed that Dey had impregnated her but denied any responsibility towards her and the child. Additionally, it was suggested that a professional rivalry developed between Vora and Dey concerning Rajan’s associate, Farid Tanasha, had allegedly led her to conspire against Dey. Sources mentioned that Vora unexpectedly booked tickets to Sikkim on 7th June 2011 and left for a vacation without obtaining proper leave. However, it should be noted that Vora had actually made the ticket bookings two months prior, and several of her colleagues, including Zaidi, who had approved the leave, were aware of her planned trip. Mid-Day
- In her book Behind Bars in Byculla (2019), she revealed that her father had a drinking problem, which had a negative impact on her childhood and family. Her mother, Harshaben, passed away on 9 June 2015 after suffering a heart attack.
- In an interview, she revealed that she tried to apply for jobs after her acquittal in 2018, but she was always rejected for having a criminal record. She said,
Even now when I apply for a job, I get told that HR has a policy of not hiring a person with a criminal record. Where do I go? What do I do?”
- On 11 May 2018, Himanshu Roy, the investigator in the J Dey murder case, tragically shot himself at his home. It was reported that he had been battling cancer for a long time. In 2015, he was initially diagnosed with cancer in his ankle, which later spread to his brain, leading to a state of depression. At the time of his passing, he held the position of ADGP (Establishment) Maharashtra.
- While in prison, she underwent a spiritual transformation and subsequently pursued a career as a consciousness healer and Aatmic Awareness teacher. She conducts meditation classes and offers private consultations on healing techniques. Additionally, she works as a professional tarot card reader, conducting sessions at her residence.
- In the year 2019, she released the book titled Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison, which recounted her arrest in relation to the J. Dey murder case, her experiences during her imprisonment, the court proceedings, and her career as a crime reporter.
- In 2023, filmmaker Hansal Mehta released the drama series Scoop on Netflix, which was adapted from Jigna Vora’s autobiographical memoir, Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison. The series featured Karishma Tanna in the leading role.
- She wears a Trishul-shaped nose ring.
- Jigna appeared as a contestant in a reality show titled ‘Bigg Boss 17,’ which aired on Colors TV.