Netflix’s “Scoop,” directed by Hansal Mehta and featuring Karishma Tanna in the lead role, draws inspiration from the highly publicized court case involving journalist Jigna Vora. Jigna, who worked for The Asian Age alongside her colleague and friend Imran, was accused of collaborating with gangster Chota Rajan in the murder of fellow journalist Jyotirmoy Dey aka Jaideep Sen, and arrested by JCP Shroff.
The Story Behind Scoop
Based on Jigna Vora’s book, ‘Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison,’ ‘Scoop’ delves into the events surrounding the sensational J Dey murder case, Jaideep Sen that shook the nation. In the show, Karishma Tanna portrays a character named Jagruti Pathak, inspired by Jigna Vora, while Prosenjit takes on the role of Jaydeb Sen, loosely based on the late journalist J Dey.
Jyotirmoy Dey(Jaideep Sen – in Scoop), renowned for his expertise in the organized crime sector of Mumbai, served as the crime and investigations editor for the esteemed tabloid Mid-Day. Tragically, he was shot dead in broad daylight on June 11, 2011. As the investigation unfolded, Jigna Vora found herself implicated in the case.
In 2012, Jigna Vora(Jagruti Pathak), who held the position of Deputy Bureau Chief at Asian Age newspaper, was charged under the stringent provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The allegations against her included criminal conspiracy, murder, and destruction of evidence.
What’s the Police-Underworld Nexus theory
According to the theory proposed by Jaideb Sen, Chhota Rajan may not be the true culprit behind the murder of Hussain. Sen questions the plausibility of Rajan targeting a mere driver instead of Dawood’s brother, suggesting that someone else might have been the intended target.
He speculates that Iqbal Kaskar could have been the intended victim, but a tip-off led to the death of his driver instead. Surprisingly, Sen suspects the involvement of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in a plot to dismantle Dawood’s organization, rather than Rajan.
The IB’s objective may have been to track down Dawood by launching an attack on his brother, but their plans went awry due to an unknown interference. In order to conceal their failed operation, the IB allowed Chhota Rajan to shoulder the blame, potentially to safeguard their own interests.
Sen observes the consistent protection provided to Dawood by the Mumbai Police, prompting Imran to delve deeper into the underlying motives. The series “Scoop” concludes by presenting a theory of collusion between the Mumbai Police and Dawood, shedding light on Jagruti Pathak’s arrest and the broader conspiracy.
Imran conducts an investigation based on Sen’s research and discovers the flash drive containing crucial call records, which suggests the involvement of Iqbal Mirchi in facilitating access to this information.
Who was Ramesh Malik and Pratap Acharya?
Notably, the recorded calls were made the day before the Delhi double arrests, implicating Pratap Acharya, the Commissioner of Police at the time, and DCP Ramesh Malik in the events. Imran suspects their potential connection to the alleged nexus between Dawood and the Mumbai Police. Malik, driven by his lifelong goal to apprehend Dawood, remains oblivious to the larger conspiracy in which he unknowingly plays a part, merely following orders.
It is conceivable that Malik eventually uncovers the truth and attempts to conceal his own involvement. When Sen gains access to the call data records and confronts Malik about his role, he likely faces threats as a consequence. The call records expose that Pratap Acharya was in contact with Chhota Shakeel a day prior to the Delhi arrests.
Shakeel had become aware of the IB’s plot to assassinate Dawood and sought Acharya’s assistance in thwarting their plan. Imran concludes that Iqbal Mirchi shared these details with Sen to expose the ongoing influence of the D-company over the Mumbai Police.
According to Imran’s theory, Sen reached out to Malik, hoping that his desire to apprehend Dawood would compel him to confess the truth. However, it appears that Malik remains loyal to Acharya until the very end, as evidenced by his subsequent involvement with the BCP following his retirement. Sen becomes a target due to his investigation into the Mumbai Police, ultimately meeting a tragic end for seeking the truth.
However, Jigna was acquitted of all charges in 2018 and went on to share her harrowing experience in the book titled “Behind Bars In Byculla.” The series “Scoop” takes cues from Jigna’s personal account of the criminal trial.
The Netflix series also starring Mohhamad Zeeshan Ayyub, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Karishma Tanna, Deven Bhojani, and Inayat Sood among others, is streaming on Netflix.