Rajat Sharma
Rajat Sharma in 2019
Born (1957-02-18) 18 February 1957 (age 66)
New Delhi, India
Alma materUniversity of Delhi (MA)
OrganizationIndia TV
Ritu Dhawan
(m. 1997)
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2015)

Rajat Sharma (born 18 February 1957) is an Indian journalist and businessperson who is the chairman and Editor-in-chief of India TV, an Indian news outlet.[1][2] Sharma is known for his show Aap Ki Adalat in which he is seen interviewing politicians and celebrities in a courtroom-like setting.

Early life

Sharma was born 18 February 1957 in Sabzi Mandi, Delhi in a Brahmin family.[3] He grew up with his 6 brothers and a sister. He did his schooling from Ramjas School. He did his higher studies from the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and joined Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad.[3] He was elected as General Secretary in Delhi University Students Union in 1977.

In 1997, he married Ritu Dhawan.


Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Rajat Sharma

After having completed his Master's degree (M Com), he was hired as a researcher by Janardan Thakur, a journalist who had just quit Ananda Bazar Patrika to start a new syndicate column. Subsequently, he joined the Onlooker Magazine as a trainee and then went on to become its editor in 1985. By this time, Rajat Sharma had shifted base to Mumbai. After having spent three years at Onlooker, he joined Sunday Observer as an editor and later on The Daily again as the editor.

It was in 1992 that he bumped into Zee TV’s Subhash Chandra during a flight to Delhi and it was in the midst of a casual conversation that the concept of Aap Ki Adalat took shape. In 1993, the first episode of Aap Ki Adalat was shot for Zee TV with Lalu Yadav, the former-Chief Minister of Bihar. Rajat Sharma has interviewed more than 750 guests on his show and recently Aap Ki Adalat celebrated 21 years of broadcast thereby making it the longest running show in India’s television history.[4] He also hosts the prime time show Aaj Ki Baat on India TV.

He was President of Delhi Cricket Association.[5] He, however resigned only one month into his job citing corruption and various "pulls and pressures".[6]



  1. ^ Kumari, Surbhi (23 March 2019). "India TV Chairman Rajat Sharma gives success tips to students of K.C. College, Mumbai". www.indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Rajat Sharma, Chairman and editor-in-chief, India TV: 2017 promises positivity for news genre". The Financial Express. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Rajat Sharma r's personal and professional life". Rajat Sharma. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. ^ "AAP KI ADALAT : A DESERVING CELEBRATION OF 21 YEARS". www.indiatvnews.com.
  5. ^ "Journalist Rajat Sharma elected Delhi and District Cricket Association president". Hindustan Times. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president, cites various 'pulls and pressures'". The Indian Express. 16 November 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Your right to know: Many Padma award winners not from list of nominees". The Indian Express. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  8. ^ Desk, India TV News (30 March 2015). "Bharat Ratna for Madan Mohan Rajat Sharma gets Padma Bhushan". www.indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  9. ^ Singh, Rohini; Venugopal, Vasudha (16 February 2015). "Rajat Sharma: How owner and face of India TV became one of India's most powerful editors". The Economic Times. Retrieved 24 April 2019.