Articles by Charul Shah
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bollywood actress accuses businessman of rape and cheating in court trial. Fake marriage contract and forged documents revealed during testimony.
A sessions court in Mumbai denies anticipatory bail to advocate Nilima Chavan, who is accused of abetting the suicide of a Shiv Sena leader.
Retired Punjab National Bank official Gokulnath Shetty, accused in a fraud case related to the issuance of fraudulent letters of undertaking, has been granted bail by a special CBI court in Mumbai. The court noted that the alleged loss had been recovered and the bank had gained an additional amount of INR55 lakh ($79,000) in interest. Shetty is also an accused in the INR13,850 crore fraud at PNB.
A 52-year-old shopkeeper in Mumbai has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl while playing hide-and-seek in 2016. The accused claimed that he kissed the girl on the forehead as a way of greeting, but the court ruled against him.
The ED’s case is based on a May 3 FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Jet Airways (India) Limited (JIL) founder Goyal, his wife Anita, former company executive Gaurang Ananda Shetty and unknown public servants and private persons in connection with the alleged fraud at Canara Bank
Yes Bank-DHFL loan fraud: PMLA court seeks reports on Avinash Bhosale, Sanjay Chhabaria from JJ Hospital
A special court in Mumbai has directed JJ Hospital to submit a detailed report on the hospitalisation and ailments of Avinash Bhosale and Sanjay Chhabaria, two high-profile businessmen arrested in connection with the Yes Bank - DHFL loan fraud. The court is seeking clarification on why Bhosale was shifted to GT Hospital and why he has not recovered after a long hospitalisation. The court has also asked JJ Hospital to provide a detailed report on Chhabaria's case. This directive comes after allegations of misuse of medical facilities by the accused.
It is alleged that VIPL supplied body bags for Covid-19 victims to the BMC at ₹6,719 apiece.
Pratyusha Banerjee died by suicide apparently because of Rahul Raj’s conduct — physical, emotional, financial harassment and exploitation which had landed her in depression. “She had expressed her desire not to live further on account of the same to her aunt Barnali Banerjee and the tarot card reader,” SJ Ansari, additional sessions judge, said in his order pronounced on August 14, rejecting the discharge plea of Raj, which became available on Wednesday.
A Mumbai court denied anticipatory bail to Kishori Pednekar, former mayor of Mumbai and Shiv Sena leader, in connection with alleged irregularities in the purchase of body bags for Covid-19 victims. The court cited serious allegations of conspiracy and misuse of public funds.
After their father’s death, the two siblings were raised by their father’s sister. In May 2015, she had discontinued her studies. The complaint against the accused was lodged by the aunt after the family found out that the girl was pregnant