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.

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2016 molestation case: Magistrate court acquits singer Mika Singh

Mumbai: A metropolitan magistrate court in Andheri last week acquitted singer Mika Singh from the charge of molesting an aspiring model after promising her modelling assignments and work in films

2016 molestation case: Magistrate court acquits singer Mika Singh
2016 molestation case: Magistrate court acquits singer Mika Singh
Updated on Jan 29, 2023 07:40 AM IST

POCSO case: Court grants bail to 30-year-old

The court observed that the girl didn’t raise a hue and cry when the accused parked his tempo at an isolated spot.

The victim intervened in the hearing and submitted that an unfortunate incident of forceful sexual intercourse took place in the bushes near Mumbai-Pune Expressway where the victim tried to seek help from other vehicles but none of the vehicles stopped. Medical examination report of the victim also showed three fresh injuries on the back, lips and head. (Getty Images)
The victim intervened in the hearing and submitted that an unfortunate incident of forceful sexual intercourse took place in the bushes near Mumbai-Pune Expressway where the victim tried to seek help from other vehicles but none of the vehicles stopped. Medical examination report of the victim also showed three fresh injuries on the back, lips and head. (Getty Images)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 08:35 PM IST

Gangster fake encounter case: Divya Pahuja applies for plea bargaining

Pahuja was arrested on July 14, 2016, for her alleged role in the fake encounter killing of Gadoli and has been in prison since then.

Haryana police allegedly used Pahuja to honey-trap the slain gangster. The Mumbai police alleged that it was Pahuja who gave constant information about Gadoli’s locations to the Gurgaon police and that she was present in the Mumbai hotel room where Gadoli was killed in an alleged fake encounter. (HT Photo)
Haryana police allegedly used Pahuja to honey-trap the slain gangster. The Mumbai police alleged that it was Pahuja who gave constant information about Gadoli’s locations to the Gurgaon police and that she was present in the Mumbai hotel room where Gadoli was killed in an alleged fake encounter. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 05:48 PM IST

39-year-old gets 10-year jail term for raping live-in partner’s minor daughter

Mumbai: A special POCSO (the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) court on Friday sentenced a 39-year-old man to ten years imprisonment for impregnating the minor daughter of his live-in-partner after sexually assaulting her under threats since 2016

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Published on Jan 28, 2023 01:59 AM IST

Take Pradeep Sharma into custody: NIA court to Yerwada Jail

The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had last week asked the dean of BJ Medical College and Sassoon Hospital, Pune, to constitute a board to examine former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma and submit a comprehensive report on his health status in 10 days

Mumbai, India - October 1, 2019: Pradeep Sharma Shiv Sena MLA candidates during interview at Shiv Sena Office, Nallasopara in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. (Photo by Pramod Thakur/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Mumbai, India - October 1, 2019: Pradeep Sharma Shiv Sena MLA candidates during interview at Shiv Sena Office, Nallasopara in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. (Photo by Pramod Thakur/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 12:40 AM IST

No pre-arrest bail to builder Akhtar Rizvi in cheating case

The complainant, Junaid Khan, a Bandra resident, claimed that they had invested a sum of ₹ 5.60 crore for commercial office premises but after years realised that the project had been converted into a residential complex

Mumbai, India - January 4, 2017: Former Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Dr Akhtar Hasan Rizvi (C) during his son funeral at Rehmatabad Qabrastan, Mazgaon in Mumbai. Abis Rizvi, one of the victims who was killed in Instanbul terror attack (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Mumbai, India - January 4, 2017: Former Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Dr Akhtar Hasan Rizvi (C) during his son funeral at Rehmatabad Qabrastan, Mazgaon in Mumbai. Abis Rizvi, one of the victims who was killed in Instanbul terror attack (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST

Send Avinash Bhosale back to jail in three days: Court to JJ Hospital

The special court said that when the issue cropped up, the dean of JJ Hospital already constituted a board on her own to examine Bhosale by a team of five doctors. The board in its report of January 19 said that further hospitalisation of Bhosale was not needed

In its fourth charge-sheet in the Yes Bank – DHFL loan fraud case, the central agency claimed that Avinash Bhosale group companies had received <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>569.22 crore in all from DHFL, including funds routed through Radius Group of builder Sanjay Chhabria (HT Photo)
In its fourth charge-sheet in the Yes Bank – DHFL loan fraud case, the central agency claimed that Avinash Bhosale group companies had received 569.22 crore in all from DHFL, including funds routed through Radius Group of builder Sanjay Chhabria (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 12:21 AM IST

No proof of cheating, forgery against Nawab Malik’s son, his wife: Court

Prima facie there is nothing to indicate that NCP leader Nawab Malik’s son Faraz and daughter-in-law, Laura Hemelin alias Ayesha Malik, “had indulged in cheating and creating bogus documents”, the sessions court has said while granting anticipatory bail to the couple

No proof of cheating, forgery against Nawab Malik’s son, his wife: Court
No proof of cheating, forgery against Nawab Malik’s son, his wife: Court
Published on Jan 25, 2023 07:05 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Manjula Shetye murder case: Accused seeks permission to undergo IVF treatment

Mumbai: Sheetal Shegaokar, one of the six jail staff members arrested for allegedly killing Manjula Shetye, an inmate of Byculla jail, has approached the sessions court seeking permission to undergo in vitro fertilisation (IVF) at a private hospital

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Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:55 AM IST

No expert was consulted to understand Chintan’s artwork: Police officer to court

Atul Dahifade was one of the investigating officers who had searched Chintan’s house in Delhi after his arrest on December 26, 2015, and had seized seven diaries – four black and three red, 74 sketches, and four small canvases. Chintan is Hema’s estranged husband

It is the prosecution’s case that Chintan Upadhyay was disturbed by his discordant relationship with Hema and hired Vidyadhar Rajbhar, a fabrication artist, to carry out the murders. Rajbhar, however, has never been arrested, and no one knows about his whereabouts. (HT Archive)
It is the prosecution’s case that Chintan Upadhyay was disturbed by his discordant relationship with Hema and hired Vidyadhar Rajbhar, a fabrication artist, to carry out the murders. Rajbhar, however, has never been arrested, and no one knows about his whereabouts. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 01:05 AM IST
By, Mumbai

SCDRC asks SBI to waive widow’s 14.30 Lakh loan

Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC) has come to the rescue of a widow and directed the State Bank of India to waive a loan amount of ₹14

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Published on Jan 22, 2023 12:10 AM IST

Court grants interim protection from arrest to Nawab Malik’s son

The sessions court on Saturday granted interim protection from arrest to Faraz Malik, son of Nationalist Congress Party leader Nawab Malik, and his wife Laura Hemelin alias Ayesha Malik in connection with the FIR registered against them for allegedly using fake documents to seek a long-term visa for Hemelin

Court grants interim protection from arrest to Nawab Malik’s son
Court grants interim protection from arrest to Nawab Malik’s son
Published on Jan 21, 2023 11:50 PM IST

Court rejects discharge plea in 2015 toilet collapse case

Mumbai: The sessions court has refused to discharge two Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, an architect and a civic contractor booked for the death of a 41-year-old, who fell into a septic tank after a toilet collapsed in Trombay in March 2015

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Published on Jan 21, 2023 11:39 PM IST

Medical board to examine Nawab Malik

The special MP and MLA court on Friday ordered the dean of Sir JJ hospital to constitute a medical board to examine Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik. The court order came after the hospital submitted that Malik still needs medical attendance as the condition of his kidney is bad

Nawab Malik was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on February 23, 2022 in connection with a money laundering case registered on February 11 last year against gangster Dawood Ibrahim and some of his close aides. (HT PHOTO)
Nawab Malik was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on February 23, 2022 in connection with a money laundering case registered on February 11 last year against gangster Dawood Ibrahim and some of his close aides. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 04:45 PM IST

Yes Bank-DHFL scam: No trust in JJ Hospital report; CBI wants armed forces docs to check Avinash Bhosale

Sir JJ Hospital in its report claimed that Bhosale needs further hospitalisation. The state-run hospital said that Bhosale’s condition had improved and he could have been discharged from the hospital. However, on January 18, he fell down in the bathroom due to dizziness

Yes Bank-DHFL scam: No trust in JJ Hospital report; CBI wants armed forces docs to check Avinash Bhosale
Yes Bank-DHFL scam: No trust in JJ Hospital report; CBI wants armed forces docs to check Avinash Bhosale
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 11:23 PM IST

HC quashes case filed by Priyanka Chopra against her ex-manager

Actor Priyanka Chopra had approached the Versova police against her then manager Prakash Jaju in 2008 for sending her objectionable messages and for certain words spoken during one of their telephonic conversations.

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 12:57 AM IST

Fight over jurisdiction holds up trials in PMLA cases

Ever since the city got its first special court set up under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in 2012, trials have completed in only one case

Fight over jurisdiction holds up trials in PMLA cases
Fight over jurisdiction holds up trials in PMLA cases
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Mumbai

CBI court convicts two directors of Astral Glass, one banker

The directors have been sentenced to six months imprisonment and also fined ₹7.50 lakh each and the bank employee is sentenced to one year’s imprisonment and a fine of ₹30,000.

As per the CBI case, Satish Bhat was the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) and Vishwnath Nayak was the Joint Managing Director (JMD) of Astral Glass Pvt. Ltd. and the third accused Jagadeesh Shanbhag was the then Assistant General Manager of the Overseas Branch of the Corporation Bank. (Getty Images)
As per the CBI case, Satish Bhat was the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) and Vishwnath Nayak was the Joint Managing Director (JMD) of Astral Glass Pvt. Ltd. and the third accused Jagadeesh Shanbhag was the then Assistant General Manager of the Overseas Branch of the Corporation Bank. (Getty Images)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:38 AM IST

NIA court seeks report on Pradeep Sharma’s health status

The federal agency claimed that Sharma was fit and has been misusing the hospital facility under the guise of ailments.

In June 2022, the ex-encounter specialist was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of Thane trader Mansukh Hiran – the owner of the explosive-laden SUV which was found abandoned near Antilia – the South Mumbai residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani. (HT PHOTO)
In June 2022, the ex-encounter specialist was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of Thane trader Mansukh Hiran – the owner of the explosive-laden SUV which was found abandoned near Antilia – the South Mumbai residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 07:33 PM IST

Women are still harassed over menstruation, choice of clothes: Family Court

Court was hearing a divorce petition of a man on the ground of “non-co-operative behavior” of his wife; woman claimed she was isolated by husband’s family during menstrual cycle and was also not allowed to wear anything but a sari

In this backdrop, the family court rejected the husband’s petition for divorce. “On perusal of these conditions, I am of the view that those are the basic necessities of every human being. Every person should respect the freedom of his or her spouse and also should have freedom on what to wear and what not to,” said the family court. (Getty Images)
In this backdrop, the family court rejected the husband’s petition for divorce. “On perusal of these conditions, I am of the view that those are the basic necessities of every human being. Every person should respect the freedom of his or her spouse and also should have freedom on what to wear and what not to,” said the family court. (Getty Images)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 11:35 PM IST

Constitute AIIMS experts to examine Avinash Bhosle: CBI to PMLA Court

Earlier, the court asked CBI to get all their questions regarding Bhosle’s health issues clarified from the dean of the hospital before hearing the plea. In its plea, the central agency claimed it was not satisfied with the reasons cited by the dean for Bhosle’s further hospitalisation.

The special PMLA court, however, refused to directly refer Bhosle to AIIMS, New Delhi. The court said CBI can approach the dean of JJ Hospital, and point out the issues which are kept silent by doctors concerned despite raising the same by the agency and also file an application accordingly with the dean and seek opinion on alleged points which are kept silent. (HT PHOTO)
The special PMLA court, however, refused to directly refer Bhosle to AIIMS, New Delhi. The court said CBI can approach the dean of JJ Hospital, and point out the issues which are kept silent by doctors concerned despite raising the same by the agency and also file an application accordingly with the dean and seek opinion on alleged points which are kept silent. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 12:32 AM IST

Telgi family’s right to privacy ceased to exist: Web series makers

Mumbai: Applause Entertainment, the maker of a web series purportedly based on fake stamp paper scam convict Abdul Karim Telgi, on Friday submitted its reply to a defamation suit filed by Telgi’s daughter Sana Irfan Talikoti in the city civil court

Abdul Karim Telgi (left) and Gagan Dev Riar in Scam 2003: The Telgi Story.
Abdul Karim Telgi (left) and Gagan Dev Riar in Scam 2003: The Telgi Story.
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 09:16 AM IST

Cop gets 1-year jail for molesting colleague

The woman claimed to have approached the deputy commissioner of police and the commissioner of police, but no action was taken against the accused and the FIR was registered at Malabar Hill police station only after she approached the Internal Complaints Committee

The metropolitan magistrate, Nadeem Patel, observed, “It is the duty of the police to protect the society. However, the accused has committed the offence of insulting the modesty of the woman and stalking his colleague. The age of the accused shows that he is a grown-up man. He is a police officer despite knowing the consequences of his act committed the offence and therefore, in such types of offences, if unwarranted leniency is shown then it will send a wrong signal to the society and also adversely affect the society.” (Getty Images)
The metropolitan magistrate, Nadeem Patel, observed, “It is the duty of the police to protect the society. However, the accused has committed the offence of insulting the modesty of the woman and stalking his colleague. The age of the accused shows that he is a grown-up man. He is a police officer despite knowing the consequences of his act committed the offence and therefore, in such types of offences, if unwarranted leniency is shown then it will send a wrong signal to the society and also adversely affect the society.” (Getty Images)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 10:56 PM IST

No pre-arrest bail to Chhota Shakeel’s relatives over usurpation of SoBo property

The complainant and his family members have settled abroad and the accused allegedly took advantage of the fact and took over the ₹25-crore property – Lambath Building in Umarkhadi area and sold it to someone by using forged documents

No pre-arrest bail to Chhota Shakeel’s relatives over usurpation of SoBo property
No pre-arrest bail to Chhota Shakeel’s relatives over usurpation of SoBo property
Published on Jan 14, 2023 05:57 PM IST

Bribery case: I-T official, accountant get 3-year jail

Abdul Mansuri, the complainant, was running a two-wheeler garage at Antop Hill, Mumbai. He and his wife Farzana were filing ITRs from 2009-2010 through tax consultant Mehboob Shaikh.

Shaikh approached the complainant saying he had filed their returns for the year 2013-14 but the income tax officer namely Satyanarayana Vanam had demanded a bribe to clear their file, failing which he would impose a penalty of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.70 lakh. (Getty Images)
Shaikh approached the complainant saying he had filed their returns for the year 2013-14 but the income tax officer namely Satyanarayana Vanam had demanded a bribe to clear their file, failing which he would impose a penalty of 1.70 lakh. (Getty Images)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 12:40 AM IST

Loan fraud case: Court allows CBI to slap stringent charge on Chanda Kochhar

A court on Friday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to invoke section 409 of the Indian Penal Code against Chanda Kochhar, which provides for life imprisonment as the maximum punishment.

Mumbai, India – Dec 26, 2022: Former MD & CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar, leaves after appearing in a special CBI court, at Session Court, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Dec 26, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India – Dec 26, 2022: Former MD & CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar, leaves after appearing in a special CBI court, at Session Court, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Dec 26, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 10:07 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Sessions court remands back case against Mamata to magistrate court

The sessions court said that the magistrate court did not follow the mandatory provisions while dealing with the complaint and issued a process against Banerjee. The court has hence remanded the case back to the magistrate court for fresh adjudication.

Kolkata, India - Dec. 21, 2022: Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee during inauguration of the Kolkata Christmas Festival 2022 at Allen Park on Park Street in Kolkata, India, on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Kolkata, India - Dec. 21, 2022: Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee during inauguration of the Kolkata Christmas Festival 2022 at Allen Park on Park Street in Kolkata, India, on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 12:55 AM IST

Indrani’s ‘Sheena is alive’ claim: CBI court seeks CCTV footage from airport

Mumbai The special CBI court on Thursday directed Guwahati airport authority to submit the CCTV footage of its security screening of January 5 when two lawyers had allegedly spotted Sheena Bora

A file photo of Indrani Mukerjea and her daughter Sheena Bora. (PTI Photo)
A file photo of Indrani Mukerjea and her daughter Sheena Bora. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 09:09 PM IST

Two I-T officials get 3-year jail term in bribery case

Mumbai: A special CBI court on Tuesday sentenced two Income Tax (I-T) officials to three years in imprisonment for demanding ₹35 lakh from a city-based businessman to close complaints received against the latter in 2009

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Updated on Jan 12, 2023 12:45 AM IST

Gutkha king Joshi aware Dawood was a terrorist, still helped him: CBI court

The order, which held Joshi, Farukh Mansuri (55) and Jamiruddin Ansari (54) guilty of having connections with the organised crime syndicate headed by Dawood Ibrahim, became available on Tuesday.

The CBI had booked nine accused persons in the case while Dawood, Anees, Dawood’s brother-in-law Abdul Antulay and Salim Shaikh were listed as wanted persons. During the trial, Rasiklal M Dhariwal of Manikchand Gutkha died, leading to the case against him being abated. Another accused, Rajesh Panchariya, was discharged. (HT PHOTO)
The CBI had booked nine accused persons in the case while Dawood, Anees, Dawood’s brother-in-law Abdul Antulay and Salim Shaikh were listed as wanted persons. During the trial, Rasiklal M Dhariwal of Manikchand Gutkha died, leading to the case against him being abated. Another accused, Rajesh Panchariya, was discharged. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 12:45 AM IST
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