Bharat Shah`s secretary acquitted in underworld nexus case
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Last Updated: Monday, June 07, 2010, 22:16
Mumbai: A special MCOCA court has acquitted Tarun Shah, secretary of diamond merchant Bharat Shah, accused of conniving with gangster Chhota Shakeel to target film personalities for extortion.

Tarun was booked under the stringent provisions of MCOCA and for conspiracy and extortion under the IPC, along with Bharat Shah, producer Nazim Rizvi and assistant producer Abdul Rahim Allahbaksh.

According to the prosecution, all the accused had pressurised actor Salman Khan to reduce his fees for the movie 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' (2001), which was allegedly financed by the underworld.

Tarun was a hawala operator, who used to collect extortion money from Bharat Shah's office and send it to Chhota Shakeel, the prosecution further alleged.

In the first leg of the trial, in 2003, the court had convicted Rizvi and Allahbaksh under MCOCA. Bharat Shah was however acquitted under MCOCA charges and was convicted under IPC for deliberately concealing information from the police and was sentenced to a year imprisonment that was set off.

Tarun, who was absconding at that time, had surrendered before the court after Bharat was acquitted.

"Tarun was made an accused in the case on the basis of an alleged conversation between Rizvi and Chhota Shakeel in which Tarun's name had cropped up. However, the court today observed that there is no material evidence against him," his lawyer Shirkant Shivade told PTI.


First Published: Monday, June 07, 2010, 22:16

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