Gangster Chhota Rajan Convicted in 2001 Murder of Mumbai Hotelier Jaya Shetty

On May 30, a special court in Mumbai convicted notorious gangster Chhota Rajan for the 2001 murder of hotelier Jaya Shetty. The verdict was delivered by a special judge under the Maharashtra Control Of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), A.M. Patil, who found Rajan guilty of murder under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Jaya Shetty was the owner of the Golden Crown Hotel located in Gamdevi, central Mumbai. In a tragic turn of events, Shetty was fatally shot by two alleged members of the Chhota Rajan gang on the first floor of his hotel on May 4, 2001. This attack occurred after Shetty had been facing ongoing extortion threats from the gang.

Prior to his murder, Shetty had been under police protection due to these threats. However, he had requested the withdrawal of his security detail two months before his assassination. The court’s decision on the quantum of punishment for Chhota Rajan is expected to be announced later today, bringing a long-awaited closure to a case that has lingered in the judicial system for over two decades.

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