Rahul Mahajani

Rahul Mahajani

Rahul Mahajani is senior assistant editor at Hindustan Times, Mumbai. He is part of the crime and legal team. He is responsible for driving content on the website. Prior to HT, he worked with the electronic media and a news agency.

Articles by Rahul Mahajani
Many police officials thought the move diluted the powers of the once powerful crime branch.
Many police officials thought the move diluted the powers of the once powerful crime branch.

Debit card fraud? Not EOW, head to cyber police station in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2018 01:34 AM IST
In 2015, following differences between senior IPS officers in the Mumbai police, two separate cyber units were formed – one under the crime branch and one under the EOW
In April 2017, Sonu Nigam courted controversy over a tweet in which he complained of ‘forced religiousness’.(HT FILE)
In April 2017, Sonu Nigam courted controversy over a tweet in which he complained of ‘forced religiousness’.(HT FILE)

Mumbai police upgrade security for Sonu Nigam, 2 BJP MLAs after alert from J&K police

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2018 04:39 PM IST
A senior IPS officer from Mumbai police said the intelligence was shared by the J&K police recently
The Maharashtra anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has found huge amounts of assets of an ex-MHADA engineer in the city and in Satara.(HT File(Representational Image))
The Maharashtra anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has found huge amounts of assets of an ex-MHADA engineer in the city and in Satara.(HT File(Representational Image))

ACB finds ex-Mhada engineer owns several assets in Mumbai, Satara

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2018 01:05 AM IST
From a wedding hall to flats, bungalow to shops, plots of land to spa in Mumbai, the engineer, his wife and his daughter have assets worth several crores, suspect the ACB.

IPS officer bribery case: Maharashtra DGP demands a report from ACB

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2018 12:12 AM IST
The DGP office asked the ACB to file a report in the issue that would be sent to the government for further action and the officer is likely to face departmental action too
Yadav demanded Rs2 lakh from the businessman to let go of him and his seized truck.(Representational Image)
Yadav demanded Rs2 lakh from the businessman to let go of him and his seized truck.(Representational Image)

Probationary IPS officer in Maharashtra booked for seeking Rs 1 lakh bribe in Nanded

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2018 10:15 AM IST
The IPS officer’s aide Sunny Singh Bugai was arrested by the Amravati unit of the anti-corruption bureau.
Police said the heroine, who was a leading Bollywood star in the 70s, and the accused knew each other as they had planned to conduct a business transaction in the past.(PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY)
Police said the heroine, who was a leading Bollywood star in the 70s, and the accused knew each other as they had planned to conduct a business transaction in the past.(PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY)

Mumbai man sends 64-year-old Bollywood actress lewd texts, death threats; police file case

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2018 10:01 PM IST
The accused threatened to kill the Mumbai actress and her children, said police
So far, the area have seen a high demand of cocaine and MD
So far, the area have seen a high demand of cocaine and MD

Mumbai police to focus on drug peddlers who target struggling actors, models in Lokhandwala

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2018 10:34 AM IST
Police crackdown to focus on city’s western and northern suburbs
The state ATS has dug out Qureshi’s file and a list of cases against him in the state.(Arvind Yadav / HT)
The state ATS has dug out Qureshi’s file and a list of cases against him in the state.(Arvind Yadav / HT)

Did Abdul Subhan Qureshi visit Mumbai after 2008 blasts in Gujarat, Delhi? ATS to investigate

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani and Vijay Kumar Yadav
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2018 09:40 PM IST
Qureshi has cases registered against him in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and other places
The maximum number of complaints were regarding police officials refusing to file FIRs.(HT File Photo)
The maximum number of complaints were regarding police officials refusing to file FIRs.(HT File Photo)

649 complaints filed against police officials in Maharashtra in one year

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2018 12:21 PM IST
The authority started functioning in January 2017, after the apex court asked all states to establish a body to hear citizens’ complaints against cops
The report shows most juveniles were booked for theft, along with criminal trespass and burglary, robbery, rape and other serious crimes.(FILE FOR REPRESENTATION)
The report shows most juveniles were booked for theft, along with criminal trespass and burglary, robbery, rape and other serious crimes.(FILE FOR REPRESENTATION)

Crimes by juveniles on the rise in Maharashtra; Mumbai tops the list, says CID report for 2016

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2018 09:03 AM IST
Maharashtra reported 6,239 cases of crimes by juveniles in 2016, compared to 5,482 in 2015
The need for such a system was felt many times after people complained that they were mistreated at police stations(Sudhir Shetty)
The need for such a system was felt many times after people complained that they were mistreated at police stations(Sudhir Shetty)

Your complaint ignored? New software may ensure Maharashtra cops act

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2018 08:29 PM IST
The state police are developing a software to be introduced in police stations for accountability and transparency
The supply of MD has been hit, owing to numerous crackdowns and police raids on factories producing the drug around Mumbai and in Pune, Solapur and Thane.(HT File)
The supply of MD has been hit, owing to numerous crackdowns and police raids on factories producing the drug around Mumbai and in Pune, Solapur and Thane.(HT File)

China White drug under Mumbai police lens after MD seizures

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2018 09:17 AM IST
A Mumbai ANC official said they suspect that the new drug is being smuggled into India from China

Drugs seizure: Cocaine-bleaching powder cocktail surprises Mumbai police

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2018 09:51 AM IST
In the past, cocaine has been mixed with paracetamol; police probe to see if the new mix is being blended for better profit or because of demand
Manjula Shetye was allegedly murdered on June 23 last year .
Manjula Shetye was allegedly murdered on June 23 last year .

Inmate’s murder in Mumbai: Maharashtra government allows cops to prosecute jail staff

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2018 10:11 AM IST
The police require home department’s sanction to prosecute a government employee
The police recovered 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges from a stolen Bolerao
The police recovered 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges from a stolen Bolerao

Nashik arms haul: Key accused booked in fresh robbery case

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2018 12:23 AM IST
The police said Badrinujam Badshah was booked for not paying Rs1,000 in fuel charges to a petrol pump owner in Nashik on December 15, 2017
The ones still to be arrested in the case include owners of 1Above Kripesh and Jigar Sanghvi and their partner Abhijit Mankar; and owner of Mojo Bistro Yug Tulli.(HT FIle)
The ones still to be arrested in the case include owners of 1Above Kripesh and Jigar Sanghvi and their partner Abhijit Mankar; and owner of Mojo Bistro Yug Tulli.(HT FIle)

Kamala Mills fire: Crime branch launches probe to trace missing accused

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2018 08:33 PM IST
The ones still to be arrested in the case include owners of 1Above Kripesh and Jigar Sanghvi and their partner Abhijit Mankar; and owner of Mojo Bistro Yug Tulli.
A massive fire broke out at a rooftop restaurant in Kamala Mill Compound in Mumbai on December 29.(HT photo)
A massive fire broke out at a rooftop restaurant in Kamala Mill Compound in Mumbai on December 29.(HT photo)

Kamala Mills fire: Police announce reward of 1 lakh for information on eatery owners

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2018 12:34 AM IST
The reward has been announced against the owners of 1Above, Kirpesh Sanghvi and Jigar Sanghvi, and their partner Abhijit Manka.
BEST buses, civic and railway infrastructure, private cars were damaged in the violence.(Bhushan Koyande)
BEST buses, civic and railway infrastructure, private cars were damaged in the violence.(Bhushan Koyande)

Dalit protests: Mumbai police file 25 FIRs, book 16 juveniles

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 09:38 PM IST
BEST buses, civic and railway infrastructure, private cars were damaged in the violence
Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan talks to reporters at his office on Friday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan talks to reporters at his office on Friday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

Adarsh: A scam that rocked Mumbai and Maharashtra government

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2017 12:30 PM IST
Little has moved in the case that was first filed seven years ago; as per the CBI’s FIR, Chavan got involved when he was state revenue minister in 2000
The seizure includes 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges.(HT File Photo / Pic used for representational purpose)
The seizure includes 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges.(HT File Photo / Pic used for representational purpose)

Huge arms haul in Nashik: 25 rifles, 19 revolvers,1 machine gun seized; three arrested

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2017 03:11 PM IST
Biggest arms seizure in Maharashtra since 2006; two of the three arrested are from Sewri in Mumbai
(Hindustan Times)
(Hindustan Times)

Maharashtra govt to improve prison security, will spend 1.2 crore to install CCTVs

Hindsutan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2017 10:21 AM IST
All central prisons except the one in Amravati have CCTV control rooms
On Saturday, 45-year-old Bakul Chanderia was arrested with 106 gm of cocaine and LSD dots worth Rs4 lakh collectively worth Rs12.48 lakh.(HT File)
On Saturday, 45-year-old Bakul Chanderia was arrested with 106 gm of cocaine and LSD dots worth Rs4 lakh collectively worth Rs12.48 lakh.(HT File)

Arrested Mumbai drug peddler is friends with big Bollywood stars, say police

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani and Debasish Panigrahi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2017 03:33 PM IST
Bakul Chanderia, caught with drugs worth Rs 12 lakh, was arrested five years ago with cocaine at a party attended by celebrities, cricketers
A police commando stands guard by the sea coast at Geeta Nagar, Colaba, after a high alert was issued in Mumbai, on September 23, 2016.(HT File Photo)
A police commando stands guard by the sea coast at Geeta Nagar, Colaba, after a high alert was issued in Mumbai, on September 23, 2016.(HT File Photo)

Coastal security improved since 26/11, but still has a long way to go: Experts

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2017 08:25 AM IST
The NSG has trained the quick response team (QRT) and Force 1; the government needs to focus on smaller creeks and isolated areas
Marine Drive in South Mumbai.(Shutterstock)
Marine Drive in South Mumbai.(Shutterstock)

9 years after deadly 26/11 attacks, India still needs a foolproof coastal security system

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2017 12:59 PM IST
Despite several measures taken by the government, there are concerns such as manpower, infrastructure for an infallible maritime security system to be in place.
Survivors of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks Dilip Mehta and Devika Rotawan remember the day vividly nine years later.(HT photo)
Survivors of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks Dilip Mehta and Devika Rotawan remember the day vividly nine years later.(HT photo)

‘Remember every second of that day’: 9 years after 26/11 attacks, survivors have moved on, but scars are for life

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2017 10:03 AM IST
On November 26, 2008, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists attacked key locations in Mumbai, including Taj Hotel, Trident leaving 166 people dead and several injured.
Mumbai...12th November 2010...News.. Gateway of India in Mumbai - HT Photo Anshuman Poyrekar(HT File Photo)
Mumbai...12th November 2010...News.. Gateway of India in Mumbai - HT Photo Anshuman Poyrekar(HT File Photo)

Post 26/11, Sagar Kavach ops improve coordination between police and agencies

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2017 10:45 PM IST
Along with 1093 helpline, the police, especially in coastal districts, have roped in locals, so any suspicious information can be quickly passed on.
Aniket Kothale’s family.(HT FILE)
Aniket Kothale’s family.(HT FILE)

After Sangli custodial death, Maharashtra asks police to refrain from beating accused

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2017 04:39 PM IST
Kothale, 26, was arrested with another man, Amol Bhandare, on November 6 for robbing a motorbike-borne man of Rs2,000 at knife-point, a senior police officer said.
In a recent circular, a copy of which is with HT, additional director general of prisons BK Upadhyay said inmates from Nashik central prison took to making idols, which has now become a new industry.(FILE)
In a recent circular, a copy of which is with HT, additional director general of prisons BK Upadhyay said inmates from Nashik central prison took to making idols, which has now become a new industry.(FILE)

Encourage jail inmates to be creative, Maha prison department tells jailers

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2017 08:12 PM IST
In a recent circular, a copy of which is with HT, additional director general of prisons BK Upadhyay said inmates from Nashik central prison took to making idols, which has now become a new industry.
Flats in Damarwala Building, and houses on Pakmodia Street and Yakub Street, where Iqbal Kaskar and his late sister Haseena Parkar used to reside, were auctioned for Rs3.52 crore(HT FILE)
Flats in Damarwala Building, and houses on Pakmodia Street and Yakub Street, where Iqbal Kaskar and his late sister Haseena Parkar used to reside, were auctioned for Rs3.52 crore(HT FILE)

Dawood’s 3 properties in south Mumbai sold for Rs 11 crore, to be part of redevelopment project

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2017 07:54 AM IST
Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, which bought the properties, will have to pay Rs11.58 crore in 90 days
About 38% of cybercrimes in Maharashtra last year occurred in Mumbai.(HT File)
About 38% of cybercrimes in Maharashtra last year occurred in Mumbai.(HT File)

Cybercrime detection rates in Maharashtra dip

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Mahajani
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2017 11:36 AM IST
Lack of police training and equipment and lengthy procedures have led to the drop, say cyber experts in Mumbai
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