Presley Thomas

Presley Thomas

Presley Thomas heads the crime and legal team of Hindustan Times, Mumbai. Has been a journalist since the last 16 years and has worked with various national dailies. Covers defence and terrorism, and has reported from various states across the country

Articles by Presley Thomas
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Misery brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic unimaginable, says Bombay HC in landmark ruling

By Presley Thomas and K A Y Dodhiya, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2020 01:18 AM IST
Many remember Justice Suresh as the flag-bearer of the human rights movement in the country, carrying on in the footsteps of his late mentor, Justice VR Krishna Iyer.(Twitter/@cjpindia)
Many remember Justice Suresh as the flag-bearer of the human rights movement in the country, carrying on in the footsteps of his late mentor, Justice VR Krishna Iyer.(Twitter/@cjpindia)

Justice Hosbet Suresh: At 91 years, the man who championed people’s rights, passes away

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 02:55 PM IST
Justice Suresh, who taught at the Government Law College and KC College, was appointed as the assistant government pleader in the Bombay City Civil & Sessions court before he was appointed as an additional judge in the sessions court on November 29, 1968.
Its black sand beaches and remnants of the 18th century fortifications have attracted an influx of tourists over the years.(AFP)
Its black sand beaches and remnants of the 18th century fortifications have attracted an influx of tourists over the years.(AFP)

Cyclone Nisarga: Shrivardhan faces another ‘storm’

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 04:04 AM IST
Landing agents of Dawood Ibrahim’s company paid 50 per box, instead of the usual 5 for transporting silver and gold ingots, to Rashid Alware, a truck owner from Shrivardhan, to transport the explosives, said police.
The sailors from INS Angre — a logistics and administrative support base under the Western Naval Command — are being monitored at the navy’s premier hospital INHS Asvini.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The sailors from INS Angre — a logistics and administrative support base under the Western Naval Command — are being monitored at the navy’s premier hospital INHS Asvini.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Alarm in navy after 26 test positive at Mumbai facility

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai | By Rahul Singh and Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 06:11 AM IST
These cases have been traced to a single sailor who tested positive for Covid-19 11 days ago. All the sailors live in the same residential complex.
The cases have been traced to a single sailor who tested positive for Covid-19 eleven days ago. All the sailors live in the same residential complex. They are all in their 20s, except the oldest who is 47.(AFP/ Representative image)
The cases have been traced to a single sailor who tested positive for Covid-19 eleven days ago. All the sailors live in the same residential complex. They are all in their 20s, except the oldest who is 47.(AFP/ Representative image)

Coronavirus: 26 sailors at key Mumbai base test positive for Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Mumbai | By Rahul Singh and Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2020 11:09 PM IST
Covid-19 in India: The army confirmed that a lady officer posted at the Military Hospital, Dehradun, has tested positive for the disease and the necessary contact tracing was being done. All primary contacts of the lady doctor are under home quarantine.
Fugitive Ravi Pujari being brought to Bengaluru after he was arrested and extradited from the west African country of Senegal, on Monday.(ANI)
Fugitive Ravi Pujari being brought to Bengaluru after he was arrested and extradited from the west African country of Senegal, on Monday.(ANI)

The rise and fall of an unlikely don

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 04:38 AM IST
Once considered errand boy of Dawood gang, Ravi Pujari rose through underworld ranks to helm an extortion racket
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‘Iqbal Mirchi floated 24 firms in UK, UAE, laundered 1K-cr’

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 09:55 AM IST
His net spread to South America, Europe; agencies track down 16 UK, 5 UAE firms
At Century Bazaar, where a jeep loaded with RDX had been parked, more than 200 people were injured and 113 were killed on March 12, 1993.(File Photo)
At Century Bazaar, where a jeep loaded with RDX had been parked, more than 200 people were injured and 113 were killed on March 12, 1993.(File Photo)

1993 blasts convict Abdul Turk was taxi driver who turned Tiger Memon aide

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 01:12 AM IST
Before working with Memon, Turk had worked as a driver in Saudi Arabia between 1980 and 1985, and then as a taxi driver in Mumbai.
Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra is a highly-decorated Indian Navy officer, has commanded three major Indian ships –INS Viraat, INS Khukri and INS Talwar .(HT File)
Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra is a highly-decorated Indian Navy officer, has commanded three major Indian ships –INS Viraat, INS Khukri and INS Talwar .(HT File)

We have to address critical deficiencies, says in-charge of Western Naval Command

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2018 12:39 AM IST
Soon after the terror attack on November 26, 2008, in which 166 civilians and paramilitary personnel were killed across various targets in south Mumbai, the Indian Navy was put at the forefront of India’s maritime security.
Jailed couple Indrani and Peter Mukerjea will file a divorce petition today in a city family court detailing the consent terms of settlement between the two.(PTI File Photo)
Jailed couple Indrani and Peter Mukerjea will file a divorce petition today in a city family court detailing the consent terms of settlement between the two.(PTI File Photo)

Indrani and Peter Mukerjea agree on divorce terms, assets include homes in Europe, bank accounts, jewellery

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 01:50 PM IST
Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, who are under trial for murder, filed a divorce petition in a family court, detailing the consent terms of settlement between the two.
A candlelight vigil organised after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)
A candlelight vigil organised after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

Maharashtra ATS names Murali as mastermind behind terror plots since 2008

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2018 02:52 PM IST
The report names MD Murali as the brain behind several bomb blasts and the murders of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.
On Friday evening, the ATS had arrested three Bangladeshi nationals suspected to have links with Ansar Bangla.(HT FILE)
On Friday evening, the ATS had arrested three Bangladeshi nationals suspected to have links with Ansar Bangla.(HT FILE)

Two more Bangladeshi nationals with alleged terror links arrested from Thane, Mahad

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2018 12:59 AM IST
Arrest is part of anti-terrorism squad’s crackdown on illegal immigrants from Bangladesh with alleged links to front organisation for Al-Qaeda
The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on Friday arrested three Bangladeshi nationals suspected to have links with the Ansarullah Bangla Team or Ansar Bangla (ABT).(HT File (Representational Image))
The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on Friday arrested three Bangladeshi nationals suspected to have links with the Ansarullah Bangla Team or Ansar Bangla (ABT).(HT File (Representational Image))

3 Bangladeshis with suspected terror links held in Pune

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2018 01:17 AM IST
During their interrogation, they revealed that they had provided shelter and other help to ABT members during their stay in Pune, the official said.
PNB fraud accused Nirav Modi.(HT File Photo)
PNB fraud accused Nirav Modi.(HT File Photo)

PNB fraud: NCLT restrains Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and 62 others from selling their assets

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2018 05:11 PM IST
Order passed after a petition was filed in the National Company Law Tribunal by ministry of corporate affairs
A Nirav Modi showroom is pictured in New Delhi on February 15, 2018.(REUTERS FILE)
A Nirav Modi showroom is pictured in New Delhi on February 15, 2018.(REUTERS FILE)

PNB fraud: Nirav Modi gives ‘repay’ plan, I-T issues blue corner notice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai | By Rajesh Ahuja and Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2018 12:05 AM IST
An Income Tax official said the department attached four more properties of the Nirav Modi group as part of its investigations into the PNB fraud case.
Abdul Subhan Qureshi quit his job in 1999.
Abdul Subhan Qureshi quit his job in 1999.

How ‘India’s Bin Laden’ brought SIMI close to Indian Mujahideen

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2018 01:12 AM IST
He would meet prominent IM members at SIMI’s head office in Kurla and conspire to carry out attack.
Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer, an alleged co-founder of terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), was listed in the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) most-wanted list.(Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)
Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer, an alleged co-founder of terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), was listed in the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) most-wanted list.(Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)

Abdul Subhan Qureshi’s journey from being a quiet boy to ‘bin Laden of India’

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2018 08:53 PM IST
Qureshi’s journey into terrorism started in 2001 when he left a reputed computer firm to pursue religious activities.
Gangster Chhota Shakeel(HT File Photo)
Gangster Chhota Shakeel(HT File Photo)

Chhota Shakeel: The gangster who loved Roberto Cavalli suits

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2017 10:52 AM IST
Shakeel, who is believed to have been worth about $300 million, started out as Mohammed Shakeel Babu Miyan Shaikh
Chhota Shakeel, the lieutenant of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.(File Photo)
Chhota Shakeel, the lieutenant of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.(File Photo)

Chhota Shakeel dead? 2 versions of how Dawood aide died, and audio clip, surface

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2017 10:54 AM IST
According to an informant who reached out to Hindustan Times, Chhota Shakeel, the lieutenant to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, died on January 6 in Islamabad.
Iqbal Kaskar at Thane court(Praful Gangurde)
Iqbal Kaskar at Thane court(Praful Gangurde)

Noose tightens around Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2017 03:40 PM IST
Brother Iqbal caught as part of India’s strategy to corner underworld don?
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar being produced in a court in Thane, Mumbai on Tuesday.(PTI)
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar being produced in a court in Thane, Mumbai on Tuesday.(PTI)

With Iqbal Kaskar’s arrest, police try to close in on Dawood

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2017 11:07 PM IST
Iqbal Kaskar was detained by Mumbai police on Monday night in what officials described as part of efforts to go after the assets and businesses of Dawood and his syndicate.
Abu Salem, who was convicted by a special TADA court in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, being produced in court.(PTI File Photo)
Abu Salem, who was convicted by a special TADA court in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, being produced in court.(PTI File Photo)

Abu Salem gets life in jail, two sentenced to death in 1993 Mumbai blasts case

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2017 12:38 AM IST
Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan were sentenced to death, while Karimullah Khan got life imprisonment and Riyaz Khan was handed a 10-year jail term.
Mumbai has a population density of nearly 21,000 people per square kilometre and more than 28 lakh vehicles on its roads.(HT FILE)
Mumbai has a population density of nearly 21,000 people per square kilometre and more than 28 lakh vehicles on its roads.(HT FILE)

Crowds may leave no room for terror in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2017 12:43 AM IST
Experts say when there’s hardly any space for vehicles to manoeuvre, replicating a Barcelona-like terror attack in Mumbai becomes tough
Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohi being taken from Taloja Central Jail to the Army Base at Colaba on Wednesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohi being taken from Taloja Central Jail to the Army Base at Colaba on Wednesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

The twists and turns of Mumbai’s 2008 Malegaon blasts case

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2017 12:16 AM IST
Nine years on, it’s still unclear who planned, plotted and executed the 2008 Malegaon blasts in Mumbai
Mustafa Dossa leaves from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.(Sandeep Mahankal/HT File Photo)
Mustafa Dossa leaves from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.(Sandeep Mahankal/HT File Photo)

1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dies in hospital

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2017 03:48 PM IST
Mustafa Dossa, one of the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, died at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital.
Gangster Abu Salem being taken to Taloja Central Jail after a special TADA court convicted him in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, in Mumbai on Friday.(PTI)
Gangster Abu Salem being taken to Taloja Central Jail after a special TADA court convicted him in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, in Mumbai on Friday.(PTI)

1993 Mumbai serial blasts case: Why Abu Salem is likely to escape capital punishment

Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2017 12:50 AM IST
Mumbai city news: The same TADA court had refrained from giving him death in a murder case owing to an extradition treaty
Gangster Abu Salem being taken to Taloja Central Jail after a special TADA court convicted him in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, in Mumbai on Friday.(PTI)
Gangster Abu Salem being taken to Taloja Central Jail after a special TADA court convicted him in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, in Mumbai on Friday.(PTI)

1993 Mumbai serial blasts: Why Abu Salem is likely to escape capital punishment

Mumbai, Hindustan Times | By Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2017 07:21 AM IST
Mumbai city news: The same TADA court had refrained from giving him death in a murder case owing to an extradition treaty
Security outside the sessions court on Friday.(HT)
Security outside the sessions court on Friday.(HT)

Highlights: 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Abu Salem, 5 more convicted, next hearing on June 19

Hindustan Times | By Charul Shah & Presley Thomas
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2017 10:10 AM IST
Mumbai city news: Sessions court holds six guilty, acquits one in connection with the 1993 serial blasts
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