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Court convicts Bharat Shah, two others

Vijay Singh in Mumbai | September 30, 2003 12:06 IST
Last Updated: September 30, 2003 14:59 IST


A Mumbai court on Tuesday convicted diamond merchant and film financier Bharat Shah for not disclosing to police producer Nasim Rizvi's links with the underworld.

Designated judge A P Bhangale found him guilty under section 118 of the Indian Penal Code, and not the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

Under section 118, Shah can get between three and seven years in prison He might get time to appeal in a higher court.

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Nasim Rizvi and his assistant Abdul Rahim Allahbaksh Khan were found guilty under MCOCA of forging links with the underworld to target film personalities for personal gains.

The judge acquitted co-accused and Dubai-based businessman Mohammed Shamshuddin alias Bhatija.

The court will decide on the quantum of punishment after hearing all parties on Wednesday.

Shah was arrested on January 8, 2001, under MCOCA and charged with threatening, with the help of the Karachi-based gangster Chhota Shakeel, actors to work in his film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke.

He was also charged with passing money to Mumbai's underworld dons via the hawala route.

The prosecution had argued that Shah used underworld money to finance his films.

In this respect it produced as evidence 30 audiotapes containing Shah's phone conversations with Shakeel.

The police also arrested Rizvi, who had produced Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, and Allahbaksh Khan.

The defence lawyers argued that there was no conclusive evidence to prove that the voice was that of Shah and the tape transcripts were not admissible as evidence since the interception procedure was legally not correct.

Shah's bail application was rejected more than seven times in lower courts and then by the Mumbai high court.

He approached the Supreme Court, which granted him bail.


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in this bharat shah's case many witnesses turned hostile. will the so called nhrc intervene and file appeal in supreme court, and will the supreme ...


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It's great to hear that Bharat shah and other are finally convicted, but that really dosent tell us whether they will spend any time in ...


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This is once again a decision given against the powerful rich man - Bharat Shah. But I really doubt if he will ever be behind ...


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After a long time, the Law caught somebody Rich , Powerful and manupulative ( Bharat Shah) who regularly used his links to control Film Stars ...


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if justice is still alive in india shah will get seven years rigorous imprisonment with all the money he earned through chori chori chupke chupke ...


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