Charul Shah

Charul Shah is senior reporter covering the legal beat for Hindustan Times. She has spent over a decade in the industry covering criminal investigations and judiciary from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

Articles by Charul Shah

Former cop Pradeep Sharma was paid cash to kill Mansukh Hiran: CBI

The CBI chargesheet said Sharma was paid a “huge amount of cash” for the killing, by the prime conspirator in the case, and that he got Mansukh Hiran killed through his accomplice Santosh Shelar.
Former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma outside NIA office at Peddar Road, in Mumbai, on April 7. (HT file photo)
Former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma outside NIA office at Peddar Road, in Mumbai, on April 7. (HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 08, 2021 02:04 AM IST
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By, Vinay Dalvi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Housing society fined for failing to allot parking lots as per bylaws

The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum (DCDRF) has asked the society to systematically allot parking spaces in their premises in accordance with relevant bylaws.
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Photo for representation purposes only. (FILE)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 12:08 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Congress leader’s murder: Mumbai court rejects plea for inquiry against CBI prosecutor

An accused had alleged that he saw the central agency’s prosecutor in the hotel lobby with the victim’s son
The court rejected his pleas after finding that it contained “vague” allegations.
The court rejected his pleas after finding that it contained “vague” allegations.
Published on Aug 27, 2021 12:23 AM IST
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Antilia explosives scare: NIA court rejects Naresh Gor’s bail plea

The plea was rejected by the court on the ground that the federal agency was yet to complete the investigation and file a charge sheet in the case
On February 25, a green Mahindra Scorpio was found abandoned near billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s residence, Antilia, on Carmichael Road in south Mumbai, with 20 loose gelatin sticks and a note threatening to kill certain members of the Ambani family. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
On February 25, a green Mahindra Scorpio was found abandoned near billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s residence, Antilia, on Carmichael Road in south Mumbai, with 20 loose gelatin sticks and a note threatening to kill certain members of the Ambani family. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 26, 2021 06:44 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Court allows PNB to sell Nirav Modi’s properties worth 440 crore

Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court has ordered to release part of the properties belonging to the fugitive Diamond trader worth 440 crore, which were mortgaged by Modi’s firms with the nationalised bank
Fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi. (FILE)
Fugitive diamond trader Nirav Modi. (FILE)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 12:04 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Mumbai: Court orders police to probe former NCP MLA’s role in 2016 firing case

According to the prosecution case, Kamble’s driver Mangesh Waghmare had fired six rounds from a country-made pistol at the site manager
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Published on Aug 15, 2021 09:37 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

No illegality in awarding Maharashtra Sadan construction contract: Court

The court held there was no direct or circumstantial evidence to show illegal means were adopted in awarding the contract. The detailed order of the court was made available on Tuesday
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Published on Aug 11, 2021 02:10 PM IST
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Cheating case against Jet Airways, directors: Court rejects closure petition

In its detailed order released subsequently, the court has said there was no illegality, impropriety or incorrectness in the order
The Jet Airways had also pleaded that the matter about the financial disputes was before The National Company Law Tribunal. (HT Photo)
The Jet Airways had also pleaded that the matter about the financial disputes was before The National Company Law Tribunal. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 12:25 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Dr Aasha Goel murder case: 18 years on, trial yet to start

Around 18 years after the murder of Dr Aasha Goel, her family is still awaiting the trial of four accused including one of her brothers and her maternal uncle.
Police had found 21 injuries on Dr Aasha Goel’s body including a massive head injury, broken jaw, ruptured liver and stab wounds. (FILE)
Police had found 21 injuries on Dr Aasha Goel’s body including a massive head injury, broken jaw, ruptured liver and stab wounds. (FILE)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 07:28 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

CBI seeks Rana Kapoor’s custody in Avantha case

CBI has alleged that Kapoor and his wife bought a bungalow from Avantha Group promoter Gautam Thapar at a much lower price than its valuation
Rana Kapoor is currently in judicial custody after being arrested in March 2019 in connection with the Yes Bank fraud case. (HT PHOTO)
Rana Kapoor is currently in judicial custody after being arrested in March 2019 in connection with the Yes Bank fraud case. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 06, 2021 08:54 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Form independent lawyers’ panel to protect children’s interests: Bar assn to family court in Mumbai

The family court bar association has submitted a representation to the principal judge after noticing that in several matters reaching the family court, children are either neglected or used as a tool by one parent to settle personal scores
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Published on Aug 05, 2021 09:06 AM IST
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Offence detrimental to health of society: Magistrate refusing bail to Raj Kundra

In a detailed order, additional chief metropolitan magistrate S B Bhajipale said one of the consideration for refusing or granting the bail is the nature and gravity of offence
Raj Kundra (C) being taken to the Esplanade court as he was arrested in the pornography-related case Mumbai, on July 23. (File photo)
Raj Kundra (C) being taken to the Esplanade court as he was arrested in the pornography-related case Mumbai, on July 23. (File photo)
Published on Aug 04, 2021 08:50 AM IST
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Pocso court sends man to three years in jail for sexual assault of minor

A special Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court on Friday sentenced a 34-year-old man to three years in jail for sexually assaulting the daughter of his wife’s sister. The court refused to accept the defence of the accused that he was falsely implicated over a property dispute.
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For representational purposes only. (FILE)
Published on Jul 31, 2021 04:51 PM IST
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Raj Kundra earned 1.1cr from app in 5 months: Mumbai Police

Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Ripu Sudan aka Raj Kundra – arrested in connection with a pornographic film racket – earned over USD 158,057, valuing around 1
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Published on Jul 27, 2021 11:58 PM IST
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ByManish K Pathak and Charul Shah

P305 tragedy: Mumbai court refuses bail to 3 officials of firm that owns barge

The sessions court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Prasad Rane, Nitin Singh and Akhilesh Tiwari – key staff members of Papaa Shipping Company Pvt Ltd – arrested in connection with barge Papaa305 (P305) that had capsized in the Arabian Sea during Cyclone Tauktae on May 17, resulting in the loss of 75 lives
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Published on Jul 25, 2021 01:02 AM IST
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Mumbai court denies bail to ISIS sympathiser

The sessions court on Friday refused to grant interim bail to Anees Ansari, arrested in October 2014 for allegedly plotting to blow up American School of Bombay located at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC)
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Published on Jul 24, 2021 11:38 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Raj Kundra was to sell 119 porn films for USD1.2 million: Mumbai Police

Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra was about to sell 119 pornographic videos to a person for USD 1
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Published on Jul 24, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Tarot card reader Shradha Salla gets bail in 2016 case

The Mumbai sessions court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to socialite Sheetal Mafatlal’s sister and Tarot card reader Shradha Salla in connection with a case registered against them by their mother in 2016 for alleged house-trespass
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Updated on Jul 21, 2021 10:46 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Mumbai: Sessions court refuses bail to Raj Tyagi

The sessions court refused to grant bail to Raj Tyagi, son of former Mumbai Police commissioner Ramdeo Tyagi
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Published on Jul 21, 2021 10:43 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Raj Kundra controlled operations of porn racket, says Mumbai Police

A metropolitan magistrate court on Tuesday remanded actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Ripu Sudan aka Raj Kundra and his aide Ryan Thorpe to police custody till July 23 in connection with a pornographic film racket
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Published on Jul 20, 2021 11:33 PM IST
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ByManish K Pathak and Charul Shah, Mumbai

ED remand of Eknath Khadse’s son-in-law extended till July 20

A special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court on Monday extended Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) custody of Girish Chaudhari, son-in-law of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Eknath Khadse, till Tuesday
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Published on Jul 19, 2021 11:44 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Pocso court grants bail to man booked for kidnap

Exposure to available and varied content is provoking teenagers to enter into relationships, observed a special Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court while granting bail to a 21-year-old who was booked after he eloped with a 15-and-a-half-year-old girl
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Published on Jul 17, 2021 11:28 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

No safe place for children of working parents: Pocso court

A special Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court on Thursday expressed concern about safety of children who have to stay alone at home while both parents go for work
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Published on Jul 17, 2021 11:27 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

Antilia explosives scare: Sachin Vaze applies for default bail

Dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze has questioned the extension granted to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file a charge-sheet against him in the Antilia explosives scare case and connected murder of Thane-based auto parts dealer Mansukh Hiran
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Published on Jul 16, 2021 11:57 PM IST
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By, Mumbai

ED remand of Ekanth Khadse’s son-in-law extended till July 19

A special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court on Thursday extended Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) custody of Girish Chaudhari, son-in-law of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Eknath Khadse, till July 19
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Published on Jul 16, 2021 12:03 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

‘Sachin Vaze never said he handed over money to ex-home minister’

Terming the probe initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh “unjustified”, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader’s lawyer on Wednesday claimed that dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze has not made any mention of handing over money either to Deshmukh or his personal assistant in his affidavit before justice KU Chandiwal’s inquiry commission
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Published on Jul 15, 2021 12:06 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Bombay HC refuses interim bail for Chintan Upadhyay, co-accused

Both Chintan Upadhyay and Rajbhar had applied for interim bail in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The court, however, rejected their pleas, observing that they were safer in prison
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Updated on Jul 14, 2021 11:08 AM IST
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Antilia bomb scare: Alleged Hiran killer seeks bail over ‘illegal detention’

NIA has claimed that, Soni, and three others arrested in the case had killed Hiran and dumped his body in the creek near Mumbra. His plea comes up for hearing on July 17
Police personnel outside Antilia after explosives were found in an abandoned car in its vicinity, in Mumbai on February 26. (HT file)
Police personnel outside Antilia after explosives were found in an abandoned car in its vicinity, in Mumbai on February 26. (HT file)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 09:39 AM IST
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Gulshan Kumar murder case: Abdul Rashid Dawood Merchant surrenders to serve life term

A week after the Bombay high court (HC) convicted Mumbra resident Abdul Rashid Dawood Merchant in connection with the murder of T-Series founder and film producer Gulshan Kumar, he surrendered before the sessions court on Wednesday to serve the life sentence
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Published on Jul 08, 2021 01:27 AM IST
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Mumbai: Man gets 5 years in jail for sexually abusing minors

A special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) court has recently convicted a 33-year-old Bhandup resident for sexually abusing minor girls in his neighbourhood, one of whom suffered 75% burn injuries and subsequently died
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Published on Jul 03, 2021 11:09 PM IST
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By, Mumbai
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