Charul Shah

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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Dasgupta’s lawyer told the court that there was no evidence to back the allegations against him.(HT_PRINT)
Dasgupta’s lawyer told the court that there was no evidence to back the allegations against him.(HT_PRINT)

Mumbai court rejects bail plea of former BARC CEO in TRP case

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:53 AM IST
Dasgupta approached the sessions court after a magistrate’s court turned down his plea, observing that a probe of the case required that he be kept away from other accused and material witnesses.
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Partho Dasgupta (centre), the former chief executive officer of BARC India and key accused in the Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation scam. (HT Photo)
Partho Dasgupta (centre), the former chief executive officer of BARC India and key accused in the Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation scam. (HT Photo)

TRP scam: Mumbai court rejects bail plea of ex-BARC CEO

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 04:38 PM IST
The crime branch alleged that Partho Dasgupta had misused his official position and manipulated TRPs of certain news channels to benefit Republic TV and R Bharat channels
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Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Mumbai: Guard held for passing info from prisoner to associates, granted bail

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 11:29 AM IST
In one of the chits, Harish Mandvikar had purportedly instructed his associate to threaten a prime witness in a 2015 drug case to give a false statement in favour of his friend
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Indrani Mukerjea is one of the accused in the Sheena Bora murder case. (HT Photo)
Indrani Mukerjea is one of the accused in the Sheena Bora murder case. (HT Photo)

Sheena Bora murder case: CBI court refuses to exempt Indrani Mukerjea from wearing jail uniform sari

By Charul Shah, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 02:08 AM IST
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday rejected an application filed by Indrani Mukerjea, seeking exemption from wearing the green saree – a uniform for women prisoners across Maharashtra
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Mumbai, India - Jan. 14, 2021: Sameer Khan , son in law of NCP leader Nawab Mailk at Esplanade Court, on Thursday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - Jan. 14, 2021: Sameer Khan , son in law of NCP leader Nawab Mailk at Esplanade Court, on Thursday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Nawab Malik’s son-in-law sent to NCB custody till January 18

By Charul Shah, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:00 AM IST
The metropolitan magistrate court on Thursday remanded Sameer Khan, son-in-law of minority affairs and skill development minister Nawab Malik to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) custody till January 18
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Sudha Bharadwaj. (HT Photo)
Sudha Bharadwaj. (HT Photo)

Elgar Parishad case: Sudha Bharadwaj allowed access to 5 books per month from outside jail

By Charul Shah, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:19 AM IST
The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday allowed access to books from outside the prison, to activist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj
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he court has also imposed a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25,000 on the accused, of which <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15,000 is to be paid to the victim’s family as compensation. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
he court has also imposed a fine of 25,000 on the accused, of which 15,000 is to be paid to the victim’s family as compensation. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

23-year-old Mumbai man gets 10 years rigorous imprisonment for eloping with minor niece

By Charul Shah, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 01:09 AM IST
The special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act court on Monday sentenced a 23-year-old man to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for eloping and committing aggravated sexual assault on his 16-year-old niece
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Bhima Koregaon case: Dr Anand Teltumbde moves bail plea before NIA court

By Charul Shah, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 12:57 AM IST
Dr Anand Teltumbde, arrested in connection with violence at Bhima-Koregaon in January 2018, has moved a bail application running into 65 pages, before the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court
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CEO of Republic TV Vikas Khanchandani was among those named in the supplementary charge sheet. (HT File PHOTO)
CEO of Republic TV Vikas Khanchandani was among those named in the supplementary charge sheet. (HT File PHOTO)

TRP fraud: Mumbai Police file 3,400-page supplementary charge sheet

By Manish k Pathak and Charul Shah, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 12:29 AM IST
The Mumbai Police on Monday filed a 3,400-page supplementary charge sheet in connection with the television rating point (TRP) case against Vikas Khanchandani, CEO of Republic TV; Romil Ramgarhia and Partho Dasgupta, CCO and CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), respectively.
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Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer were killed on December 15, 2015.
Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer were killed on December 15, 2015.

Hema Upadhyay murder case: Mumbai Police produce ‘missing’ tempo before the court

UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:51 AM IST
Upadhyay and Bhambani were allegedly smothered with a chloroform-laced cloth at a warehouse
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Indrani Mukerjea.(HT FILE)
Indrani Mukerjea.(HT FILE)
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The ED has claimed that 49-year-old Nirav Modi, who is lodged in London’s Wandsworth jail and is the subject of two extradition requests.(File photo)
The ED has claimed that 49-year-old Nirav Modi, who is lodged in London’s Wandsworth jail and is the subject of two extradition requests.(File photo)

Nirav’s sister, brother-in-law turn approvers in PNB case

By Charul Shah | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:23 AM IST
The Mehtas had approached the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court through their lawyers in November, seeking a pardon and requesting that they be enlisted as approvers in the cases against Modi.
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Partho Dasgupta was arrested on December 24. The police have alleged that Dasgupta had misused his position to manipulate TRPs to benefit Republic TV.(HT FILE)
Partho Dasgupta was arrested on December 24. The police have alleged that Dasgupta had misused his position to manipulate TRPs to benefit Republic TV.(HT FILE)

TRP fraud case: Mumbai court rejects bail plea of BARC’s former CEO

UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 01:06 AM IST
The prosecution cited evidence in the form of WhatsApp chats to prove the allegations, while the defence had argued against the charges under which he has been held
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Indian gangster Rajendra Nikalje and three others were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.(REUTERS)
Indian gangster Rajendra Nikalje and three others were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.(REUTERS)
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BJP MP from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur.(HT FILE)
BJP MP from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur.(HT FILE)
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Kangana Ranaut.(AFP File)
Kangana Ranaut.(AFP File)

Kangana Ranaut violated sanctioned plan at her Khar residence: Mumbai court

By Charul Shah | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:23 AM IST
The court also perused the floor plan annexed to copies of sale deeds and noted that at the time of purchase, the violations alleged by BMC did not exist
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Sudha Bhardawaj in her petition said the books sent to her in the past few months by post as well as those brought personally by her lawyers have been returned repeatedly.(HT FILE)
Sudha Bhardawaj in her petition said the books sent to her in the past few months by post as well as those brought personally by her lawyers have been returned repeatedly.(HT FILE)

Bhima Koregaon case: Hany Babu, Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha claim they are being denied books, newspapers

UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:28 AM IST
The court has asked the prison authorities to file a reply on their plea
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The city civil court at Dindoshi said, “At this stage, it appears that protection is required to be given for the working of the plaintiff, otherwise there will be disturbance in their business activities.”(Reuters)
The city civil court at Dindoshi said, “At this stage, it appears that protection is required to be given for the working of the plaintiff, otherwise there will be disturbance in their business activities.”(Reuters)

Mumbai court to MNS: Don’t obstruct Amazon’s business activities

UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:31 AM IST
Amazon India has approached the civil courts in the city against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) after the political party initiated a campaign against the e-commerce giant for not having Marathi as one of the languages of operations on its online apps
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Actor Kangana Ranaut had pleaded the court to restrain the officers of the corporation from demolition work for the removal of unauthorised construction.(PTI file photo)
Actor Kangana Ranaut had pleaded the court to restrain the officers of the corporation from demolition work for the removal of unauthorised construction.(PTI file photo)

Mumbai court dismisses Kangana Ranaut’s plea for interim relief against BMC notice

By Charul Shah, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:20 AM IST
BMC had asked her to remove the part of the construction which was unauthorised and alterations are done in the flat without taking due permission of the corporation
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Mukerjea is lodged in Byculla jail since her arrest in August 2015, in connection with Sheena Bora murder case.(HT Photo)
Mukerjea is lodged in Byculla jail since her arrest in August 2015, in connection with Sheena Bora murder case.(HT Photo)
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The magistrate court on Tuesday rejected the protest petition of ATIPL and closed the case by accepting the closure report.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The magistrate court on Tuesday rejected the protest petition of ATIPL and closed the case by accepting the closure report.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
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The ED is conducting a probe against the Goyals and the defunct airline under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Foreign Exchange Management Act. (Reuters File photo)
The ED is conducting a probe against the Goyals and the defunct airline under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Foreign Exchange Management Act. (Reuters File photo)

Mumbai court closes cheating case against Naresh Goyal, his wife

By Charul Shah | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 03:13 PM IST
Jet Airways, Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita were booked on charges of cheating and a criminal breach of trust in February this year by the MRA Marg police.
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Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut had allegedly claimed that Akhtar had told him that she will be left with no option but to take her own life.(PTI)
Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut had allegedly claimed that Akhtar had told him that she will be left with no option but to take her own life.(PTI)

Police probe ordered into Javed Akhtar’s defamation complaint against Kangana Ranaut

By Charul Shah | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 01:14 PM IST
Javed Akhtar had filed a private complaint against Kangana on November 2, alleging that her comments made against him had damaged his reputation.
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Hema Upadhyay, a Mumbai based artist was murdered in DEcember 2015.(HT Photo)
Hema Upadhyay, a Mumbai based artist was murdered in DEcember 2015.(HT Photo)
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Late gangster Iqbal Mirchi, close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.(HT FILE)
Late gangster Iqbal Mirchi, close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.(HT FILE)

Will declare you fugitives if you fail to appear: Court to Iqbal Mirchi’s family

By Charul Shah, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 11:58 PM IST
The special court under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEOA), 2018, asked Junaid and Asif Memon, the sons of late gangster Iqbal Mirchi, as well as his widow Hajra, to appear before the court by February 16, failing which it would declare the three as fugitive economic offenders.
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Iqbal Mirchi.(File photo)
Iqbal Mirchi.(File photo)

Mumbai: Special court asks Iqbal Mirchi’s wife, sons to appear

By Charul Shah | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:34 PM IST
The ED had initiated money laundering investigation against the family last year. The agency has provisionally attached the family’s assets to the tune of Rs798 crore in India and abroad under the provisions of PMLA
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Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani.(File photo)
Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani.(File photo)

TRP manipulation case: Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani gets bail

By Charul Shah | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 02:36 PM IST
Khanchandani was arrested on Sunday and was remanded to judicial custody on Tuesday, after which a bail plea was moved by his lawyers
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Demetriades and Prasad were first arrested by the NCB in connection with a case linked to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Demetriades and Prasad were first arrested by the NCB in connection with a case linked to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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Hema Upadhyay, Mumbai based artist, was murdered in 2015.(HT Photo)
Hema Upadhyay, Mumbai based artist, was murdered in 2015.(HT Photo)
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On November 30, Gautam Navlakha informed his partner that his specs were stolen from the jail.(HT FILE)
On November 30, Gautam Navlakha informed his partner that his specs were stolen from the jail.(HT FILE)

Bhima Koregaon case accused Gautam Navlakha denied specs sent via courier, say kin; Navi Mumbai jail authorities cite security concerns

UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 12:51 AM IST
The 70-year-old civil liberties activist is lodged in Taloja jail since 2018 in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case probe
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