Sucheta Dalal
The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Padma Shri Award – 2006 to Ms. Sucheta Dalal, a well-known business journalist, in New Delhi on March 20, 2006.jpg
Dalal receiving Padma Shri from the President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in 2006
Born1962 (age 59–60)
Alma mater
OccupationBusiness journalism
Known for1992 Indian stock market scam
Notable work
1992 securities scam
Spouse(s)Debashis Basu
AwardsPadma Shri in 2006

Sucheta Dalal (born 1962) is an Indian business journalist and author.[1] She has been a journalist for over two decades and was conferred Padma Shri for journalism in 2006.[2] She was the Financial Editor of the Times of India until 1998. She was then a Consulting Editor with the Indian Express group and wrote columns for the Indian Express and Financial Express until 2008.

In 2006, she began to write for Moneylife, a fortnightly magazine on investment started by her husband Debashis Basu. She is now the Managing Editor of Moneylife magazine. In 2010, responding to the poor financial literacy in India, she and her husband founded Moneylife Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Mumbai. She has been a member of the Investor Education & Protection Fund of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for six years. In 1992, she was honoured with the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediapersons.[3]

Education and career

Sucheta did her schooling at St. Joseph’s Convent School, Belagavi.[4] She then studied B.Sc Statistics at Karnataka College, Dharwad. She is a trained lawyer having gained LL.B and LL.M from Bombay University.[5]

Subsequently, in 1984, Sucheta began her career in journalism by landing a job with Fortune India, an investment magazine. Later, she went on to work in news companies like Business Standard and The Economic Times. [6] In the early 1990s, Dalal joined the prominent Mumbai based newspaper Times of India as a journalist for their Business and economics wing. There she investigated a number of cases that would eventually lead to her prominence in the fields of journalism and activism. These included the Harshad Mehta scam of 1992, the Enron scam, the Industrial Development Bank of India scam, the Ketan Parekh scam in 2001. She worked closely with journalists and analysts such as Debashis Basu, Girish Sant, Shantanu Dixit and Pradyumna Kaul. She later became the Financial editor of Times of India.[7]

Awards and recognition

Sucheta has been conferred the Padma Shri Award, the Chameli Devi Award instituted by the Media Foundation, and Femina’s Woman of Substance Award for her zealous work in journalism. [8]

Scam 1992, a docudrama directed series by Hansal Mehta was based on her and Debasis Basu's book The Scam. It was released in October 2020 and Dalal's character was played by Shreya Dhanwanthary.

Select publications


In popular culture


  1. ^ "Sucheta Dalal, Padma Shri". Express India. 27 January 2006. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2015.((cite news)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Sucheta Dalal: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  4. ^ "St. Joseph's Convent School to celebrate 125 years on Friday". The Hindu. 21 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Sucheta Dalal". Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  6. ^ Mehrotra, Kriti (11 November 2020). "Sucheta Dalal Now: Where Is Journalist Who Broke Harshad Mehta Story Today?". The Cinemaholic. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Girish Sant memorial lecture 2015". Prayas (Energy Group). Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  8. ^ Mehrotra, Kriti (11 November 2020). "Sucheta Dalal Now: Where Is Journalist Who Broke Harshad Mehta Story Today?". The Cinemaholic. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  9. ^ Roy, Priyanka (10 April 2021). "The Big Bull romanticises a criminal in a half-baked story". Telegraph India. Retrieved 14 April 2021.