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Chhota Rajan Gets Life Sentence For Mumbai Hotelier Jaya Shetty’s Murder

Mumbai: A Mumbai court has convicted notorious gangster Chhota Rajan for the murder of hotelier Jaya Shetty in 2001, sentencing him to life imprisonment. The verdict was delivered by Special Judge A.M. Patil under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Jaya Shetty, owner of the Golden Crown Hotel in Gamdevi, central Mumbai, had been targeted for extortion by Chhota Rajan’s gang. On May 4, 2001, Shetty was fatally shot by two gang members inside his hotel. Despite previous threats, the Maharashtra police had withdrawn his security cover two months prior to his murder.

Following Shetty’s murder, his hotel’s manager and an employee managed to chase and apprehend one of the shooters. The other assailant escaped.

Chhota Rajan, born Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, has been incarcerated in Delhi’s Tihar Jail since his deportation from Indonesia in October 2015. His criminal activities have kept him in the spotlight for decades.

In a recent high-profile legal battle, Rajan filed a suit against filmmaker Hansal Mehta and Matchbox Shots LLP, producers of the Netflix series ‘Scoop’. Rajan claimed that the series used his picture and voice without permission, constituting an infringement of his rights. The series, based on journalist Jigna Vora’s story, involved the 2011 murder of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, a case in which Vora was acquitted in 2018 and Rajan was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Rajan’s legal troubles continue as his conviction for Jaya Shetty’s murder adds to his lengthy criminal record, underscoring his long-standing influence in Mumbai’s underworld.

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