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Artist Chintan Upadhyay gets life in prison in estranged wife’s murder case

Additional sessions judge SY Bhosale pronounced the quantum of sentence five days after finding Chintan Upadhyay, Shiv Kumar Rajbhar, Pradip Kumar Rajbhar, and Vijay Kumar Rajbhar guilty

Artist Chintan Upadhyay. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 10, 2023 03:07 PM IST

8 years after double murder, artist Chintan Upadhyay convicted

Artist, three others found guilty in the sensational murder case of his estranged wife and her lawyer; prosecution to ask for maximum sentence

Artist Chintan Upadhyay walks out of Dindoshi court after being convicted on Thursday. Three of his accomplices, left to right, Shivkumar Rajbhar, Pradip Rajbhar and Vijay Rajbhar were also found guilty of the crime. (Satish Bate)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 07:34 AM IST

Artist Chintan Upadhyay convicted in murder case that rocked art world

The investigators relied on Call Detail Records, and Chintan’s personal diary to establish motive for Hema’s murder.

Artist Chintan Upadhyay at Dindoshi Court, (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 12:44 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Court convicts Chintan Upadhyay for murder of Hema, lawyer Harish Bhambhani

Dindoshi judge SY Bhosale will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence for the four convicts on Saturday

Hema Upadhyay, Mumbai based artist, photographed at her studio on September 3, 2014. (ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT)
Published on Oct 05, 2023 03:05 PM IST

Malegaon blast: NIA court starts recording statements of BJP MP Pragya Thakur, six others

On Tuesday, the accused were asked questions related to people who died in the blast and also about the nature of injuries sustained by the survivors based on the testimonies of the doctors who treated the injured persons and who conducted autopsies on the victims. Around 60 questions were put to the accused, to which they mostly replied saying they “do not know” why the witnesses had said whatever they said in their testimonies before the court

During the hearing, Thakur, who was asked to sit in the witness box, was seen uncomfortable when the court asked her about the injuries sustained by the victims of the blast and the survivors. The BJP leader could not bear it and became emotional. The court had to pause the hearing for a while for Thakur to take a break (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 09:26 AM IST

Covid centres case: Accused made 21 crore, bribed BMC officials with gold biscuits: ED

The ED had on September 15 submitted a chargesheet against Patkar and his other partners Hemant Gupta, Sanjay Shah and Rajiv Salunkhe. The chargesheet also includes BMC health official Dr Kishore Bisure and Dr Arvind Singh, dean and centre head respectively of the Dahisar Jumbo Covid Centre

Mumbai, India – July 20, 2023: ED has arrested 2 people in the BMC Covid Center scam case. Sujit Patkar ( White Shirt) , a close aide of Sanjay Raut and one Dr Kishor Bisure have been arrested, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, July 20, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:46 AM IST

Court grants bail to Sachin Waze in Goregaon extortion case

Dismissed police officer Sachin Waze has been granted bail in an extortion case involving former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. The case has been transferred to the CBI. Waze was arrested in November 2021 and had sought bail claiming he had served half of the maximum sentence. Others accused in the case include Alpesh Patel and Sumit Singh. Waze was previously arrested by the NIA for his alleged involvement in the Antilia bomb scare case and the murder of Mansukh Hiran. He was dismissed from service in May 2021.

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Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:12 AM IST

Judgement on Hema Upadhyay, Haresh Bhambhani murders likely on October 5

Upadhyay, an installation artist, and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani were allegedly smothered to death on December 12, 2015. Their bodies were packed in cardboard boxes and dumped in a drain in Kandivali in suburban Mumbai

Mumbai, India - Sep 27, 2023 : Artist Chintan Upadhyay is accused of final argument at sessions court in suburban Dindoshi Court at Goregaon, in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Sep 27, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 07:50 AM IST

MCOCA court acquits eight in 2016 Arihant Builders firing case

Eight accused who were booked for firing at the office of Arihant Builders in Mumbai have been acquitted by a special court due to lack of evidence. The accused allegedly targeted the office because the builder did not give them a contract for supplying construction material.

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Updated on Sep 28, 2023 07:30 AM IST

Malegaon blast case: BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur appears before NIA court

Only six accused — Thakur, Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Major (retired) Ramesh Upadhyay, Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sameer Kulkarni — appeared before the court on Monday. Sudhakar Dwivedi was not present and his lawyer cited religious rituals as the reason for his inability to attend court, and sought exemption from appearance

New Delhi, India - July 9, 2019: BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur arrives to attend the Bharatiya Janata Party Parliamentary Party meeting at Parliament Library in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/ Hindustan Times) (Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Custodial death case: Court orders CBI to appoint special public prosecutor, woman prosecutor

A special court in Mumbai has ordered the CBI to appoint a special public prosecutor and a woman public prosecutor for the trial of three police officers involved in the custodial death of Altaf Kadir Shaikh in 2009. The court stated that the directions of the Bombay high court regarding the appointment of special public prosecutors in custodial death cases must be followed. The police officers were booked for allegedly causing Shaikh's death while in their custody.

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Updated on Sep 24, 2023 12:16 AM IST

27-year-old engineer gets 10-year jail term for raping minor girlfriend

A 27-year-old engineer from Mumbai has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting and harassing his minor girlfriend in 2015. The court found him guilty after the girl testified that they had a physical relationship.

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Updated on Sep 24, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Stalker gets life term for killing the girl’s father

A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for stabbing the father of a girl he was stalking and harassing in Mumbai.

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Updated on Sep 23, 2023 01:02 AM IST

Antilia explosives scare: Ex-cop Waze wanted to create terror in the mind of Ambanis, says NIA court

Dismissed police officer Sachin Waze and his co-accused planned to terrorize the Ambani family by parking an explosives-laden SUV outside their residence, according to a special NIA court. The court rejected Waze's bail plea, stating that loose gelatine sticks found in the SUV were sufficient to create terror. Waze is also accused of hiring someone to kill the vehicle owner, Mansukh Hiran. The court deemed it a pre-planned murder and expressed concerns about witness tampering if Waze was released on bail.

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Updated on Sep 23, 2023 12:57 AM IST

Woman gets 10 years in jail for trying to use fake currency note

The complainant, Anand Yadav, worked as an agent for the co-operative credit society, to collect the money from the members and hawkers and deposit the collected money in the bank account of the society. On November 18, 2015, Yadav had gone to the shop of Bhim Pandey, when Alta was purchasing clothes in his shop. Yadav claimed that many police officers stayed in his building, and they had taught other residents to identify fake currency notes, hence Yadav would verify all notes before accepting the same

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Updated on Sep 22, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Two sent to 10 years in jail for sexually assaulting nine-year-old

The teacher informed the principal, and the school consulted their visiting counsellor. The counsellor revealed that her cousin had committed penetrative sexual intercourse with her on various occasions. Similarly, her other relative, a 45-year-old spot boy, had sexually assaulted her

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Published on Sep 21, 2023 01:03 AM IST

Amruta Fadnavis blackmailing case: Court grants bail to bookie Anil Jaisinghani

Bookie Anil Jaisinghani, accused of trying to bribe and blackmail Amruta Fadnavis, has been granted bail by a special court under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Jaisinghani's daughter, Aniksha, was also arrested in connection with the case and was granted bail earlier. The father-daughter duo allegedly tried to extort ₹10 crore from Fadnavis by posing as a fashion designer and gaining her trust.

Kalyan, India - March 16, 2023: Anil Jaisinghani and Akshan Anil Jaisinghani - The Malabar Hill police reached the residence of Aniksha Jaisinghani around 8 am, after an interrogation of about 6 hours she was taken to Mumbai, while her brother Akshan who was also present complained of illness followed by which he was taken to a nearby hospital, in Kalyan, India, on Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Photo by Pramod Tambe/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:53 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Terror funding case: NIA court refuses bail to Salim Fruit

Fruit was arrested in August last year for allegedly having played an active role in extorting huge amounts of money in Shakeel’s name from property dealings and dispute settlements for raising terror funds in furtherance of terrorist activities of the Dawood Ibrahim gang

On May 12, the agency arrested two of the accused, Arif Abubakar Shaikh and Shabbir Abubakar Shaikh, in connection with the case. Fruit was arrested in August on allegations that he took over the gang’s business after the death of Dawood’s sister Haseena Parkar. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:39 AM IST

Jet founder Naresh Goyal denied personal doctor, home food inside prison

Special judge MG Desphande, however, while rejecting the plea, directed the prison authorities to get him examined by an internal doctor and provide him with suitable bedding inside the prison

Mumbai, India - 20 Mar, 2020: Former Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal alongwith wife Anita Goyal at ED office regarding Jet Airways case, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, 20 Mar, 2020. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Antilia explosives scare: NIA court rejects Sachin Waze’s bail plea

Dismissed police officer Sachin Waze's bail plea has been rejected by a special NIA court. Waze is accused of planting an explosive-laden SUV outside Mukesh Ambani's residence and killing the vehicle owner. NIA claims Waze tried to persuade the owner to take the blame and paid someone to have him killed. Waze denies the charges and claims the act was not an act of terror.

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Updated on Sep 16, 2023 11:33 PM IST

37-year-old cleared of POCSO case after spending 4 years in jail

A Maulana accused of sexually harassing a minor student has been acquitted after spending four years in jail, as the girl and her family couldn't identify him in court. The special court found no evidence of sexual harassment, but the Maulana was accused of scolding and beating the girl.

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Updated on Sep 16, 2023 11:32 PM IST

2008 Malegaon blast: 15 years on, prosecution closes evidence against 7 accused

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has closed its evidence against seven accused, including BJP MP Pragyasingh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, in the Malegaon bomb blast case. The NIA informed the trial court that it does not intend to examine any further witnesses. The accused will now have the opportunity to explain the incriminating material against them. The prosecution has examined all 323 witnesses in the last five years, with 37 of them turning hostile. Lt Col Purohit's plea to recall a prosecution witness was rejected by the court.

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Updated on Sep 15, 2023 12:48 AM IST

538-crore loan fraud case: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal sent to Arthur Road jail

Goyal was produced before the special PMLA court on Thursday morning after his ED custody remand ended. On producing him before the special court, the agency sought his judicial custody and accordingly, the special court remanded him to judicial custody

Mumbai, India - 20 Mar, 2020: Former Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal alongwith wife Anita Goyal at ED office regarding Jet Airways case, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, 20 Mar, 2020. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 12:47 AM IST

Special court allows actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother to travel abroad

A special NDPS court allowed Rhea Chakraborty's brother, Showik, an accused in a drugs case, to travel to Australia, stating that the right to travel abroad is part of the fundamental right to life and liberty. The court said Showik's passport could not be impounded except by the passport authority and that the Narcotics Control Bureau had not followed the proper procedure for retention of the passport. Showik was booked by the NCB as part of its probe into the alleged Bollywood-drugs suppliers nexus after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Mumbai, India - August 07, 2020: Rhea's brother Showik Chakraborty reaches to ED office at Ballard Estate in Mumbai, India, on Friday, August 07, 2020. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 12:46 AM IST
By, Mumbai

PMLA court extends Naresh Goyal’s ED custody to Sept 14

The special PMLA court in Mumbai has extended the custody of Naresh Goyal, founder of Jet Airways, until September 14 in a money laundering case. Goyal has been accused of a ₹538 crore loan fraud. The Enforcement Directorate sought custody extension, stating that Goyal had created trusts abroad to purchase immovable properties overseas with money siphoned off from India. Goyal's lawyer argued that the loans were not money laundering and were taken during an economic crisis. Goyal also pleaded for medical attention and permission to speak to his ailing wife.

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Updated on Sep 12, 2023 12:29 AM IST

Court grants bail to retired ACP’s son arrested in drugs case

A special court in Mumbai granted bail to the son of a retired ACP who was arrested for possession of drugs. The court noticed discrepancies in the arrest documents and search memorandum, including the absence of the then-zonal director of the agency at the scene.

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Updated on Sep 10, 2023 12:24 AM IST

Yes Bank - DHFL loan fraud: Court denies temporary bail to builder Sanjay Chhabaria; only allows visit to ailing mother

The special PMLA court in Mumbai refused to grant interim bail to builder Sanjay Chhabaria, who is accused of money laundering, to attend to his ailing mother. However, the court allowed him to visit the hospital where his mother is expected to undergo surgery from Monday to Thursday.

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Updated on Sep 10, 2023 12:23 AM IST

60-year-old acquitted of charges of impregnating minor granddaughter

A 60-year-old man accused of assaulting and impregnating his 16-year-old granddaughter has been acquitted by a special POCSO court in Mumbai. The court ruled that the accused was not the biological father of the child based on DNA evidence, and noted that the victim had physical relations with a third person. The court also raised doubts about the victim's credibility, as she initially claimed to have had relations with a boy from the locality before accusing her grandfather.

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Updated on Sep 09, 2023 12:32 AM IST

Customs officer, hawaldar get 3 years in jail for accepting 5-K bribe

A Mumbai court sentences an Air Customs superintendent and a hawaldar to three years in prison for accepting a bribe of ₹4,000 from a cinematographer.

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Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:45 AM IST

Man gets 10-year jail term for sexually assaulting girl

A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Mumbai. The court ruled out the accused's defense and convicted him based on the victim's identification and her maternal uncle's testimony.

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Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:39 AM IST
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