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

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

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Published on Jun 14, 2020 01:18 AM IST
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ByPresley Thomas and K A Y Dodhiya, Mumbai

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

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.
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)
Updated on Jun 12, 2020 02:55 PM IST
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Cyclone Nisarga: Shrivardhan faces another ‘storm’

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.
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)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 04:04 AM IST
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Alarm in navy after 26 test positive at Mumbai facility

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 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)
Updated on Apr 19, 2020 06:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai | ByRahul Singh and Presley Thomas

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

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.
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)
Updated on Apr 18, 2020 11:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Mumbai | ByRahul Singh and Presley Thomas

The rise and fall of an unlikely don

Once considered errand boy of Dawood gang, Ravi Pujari rose through underworld ranks to helm an extortion racket
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)
Updated on Mar 01, 2020 04:38 AM IST
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Arun Gawli’s aide set to testify against him in extortion case

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Published on Dec 06, 2019 01:05 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

‘Iqbal Mirchi floated 24 firms in UK, UAE, laundered 1K-cr’

His net spread to South America, Europe; agencies track down 16 UK, 5 UAE firms
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Updated on Nov 01, 2019 09:55 AM IST
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1993 blasts convict Abdul Turk was taxi driver who turned Tiger Memon aide

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.
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)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 01:12 AM IST
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We have to address critical deficiencies, says in-charge of Western Naval Command

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.
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)
Published on Nov 02, 2018 12:39 AM IST
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Indrani and Peter Mukerjea agree on divorce terms, assets include homes in Europe, bank accounts, jewellery

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 18, 2018 01:50 PM IST
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Maharashtra ATS names Murali as mastermind behind terror plots since 2008

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.
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)
Published on Sep 15, 2018 02:52 PM IST
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Two more Bangladeshi nationals with alleged terror links arrested from Thane, Mahad

Arrest is part of anti-terrorism squad’s crackdown on illegal immigrants from Bangladesh with alleged links to front organisation for Al-Qaeda
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)
Published on Mar 20, 2018 12:59 AM IST
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3 Bangladeshis with suspected terror links held in Pune

During their interrogation, they revealed that they had provided shelter and other help to ABT members during their stay in Pune, the official said.
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))
Published on Mar 18, 2018 01:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

Order passed after a petition was filed in the National Company Law Tribunal by ministry of corporate affairs
PNB fraud accused Nirav Modi.(HT File Photo)
PNB fraud accused Nirav Modi.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2018 05:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

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.
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)
Updated on Mar 01, 2018 12:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai | ByRajesh Ahuja and Presley Thomas

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

He would meet prominent IM members at SIMI’s head office in Kurla and conspire to carry out attack.
Abdul Subhan Qureshi quit his job in 1999.
Abdul Subhan Qureshi quit his job in 1999.
Updated on Feb 25, 2018 01:12 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

Qureshi’s journey into terrorism started in 2001 when he left a reputed computer firm to pursue religious activities.
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)
Updated on Jan 22, 2018 08:53 PM IST
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Chhota Shakeel: The gangster who loved Roberto Cavalli suits

Shakeel, who is believed to have been worth about $300 million, started out as Mohammed Shakeel Babu Miyan Shaikh
Gangster Chhota Shakeel(HT File Photo)
Gangster Chhota Shakeel(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 10:52 AM IST
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Chhota Shakeel dead? 2 versions of how Dawood aide died, and audio clip, surface

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.
Chhota Shakeel, the lieutenant of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.(File Photo)
Chhota Shakeel, the lieutenant of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.(File Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 10:54 AM IST
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Noose tightens around Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

Brother Iqbal caught as part of India’s strategy to corner underworld don?
Iqbal Kaskar at Thane court(Praful Gangurde)
Iqbal Kaskar at Thane court(Praful Gangurde)
Updated on Sep 20, 2017 03:40 PM IST
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With Iqbal Kaskar’s arrest, police try to close in on Dawood

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 19, 2017 11:07 PM IST
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Abu Salem gets life in jail, two sentenced to death in 1993 Mumbai blasts case

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 08, 2017 12:38 AM IST
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Crowds may leave no room for terror in Mumbai

Experts say when there’s hardly any space for vehicles to manoeuvre, replicating a Barcelona-like terror attack in Mumbai becomes tough
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)
Published on Aug 24, 2017 12:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

Nine years on, it’s still unclear who planned, plotted and executed the 2008 Malegaon blasts in Mumbai
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)
Updated on Aug 24, 2017 12:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dies in hospital

Mustafa Dossa, one of the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, died at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital.
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)
Updated on Jun 28, 2017 03:48 PM IST
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1993 Mumbai serial blasts case: Why Abu Salem is likely to escape capital punishment

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)
Updated on Jun 18, 2017 12:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

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)
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 07:21 AM IST
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Highlights: 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Abu Salem, 5 more convicted, next hearing on June 19

Mumbai city news: Sessions court holds six guilty, acquits one in connection with the 1993 serial blasts
Security outside the sessions court on Friday.(HT)
Security outside the sessions court on Friday.(HT)
Updated on Jul 06, 2017 10:10 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByCharul Shah & Presley Thomas

Pragya Singh’s journey: From student leader to Malegaon blast accused

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Updated on Apr 28, 2017 01:47 AM IST
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By, Mumbai
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