Bedanti Saran

Bedanti Saran

Bedanti Saran is Special Correspondent in Jharkhand and has been handling legal beats, CBI, ED, Income Tax and other investigation wings for over a decade

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Former school teacher Ramkishore Sahu at the Sadar Hospital in Ranchi where he had gone to take Covid-19 vaccine.(HT PHOTO)
Former school teacher Ramkishore Sahu at the Sadar Hospital in Ranchi where he had gone to take Covid-19 vaccine.(HT PHOTO)

80-year-old rides bike 70 km to get first shot of Covid vaccine in Ranchi

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:07 PM IST
  • The senior citizen said he would return on Tuesday with his wife on Tuesday o she could be administered her vaccine.
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Lalu Yadav is serving a jail term in a Jharkhand jail in connection with fodder scam cases.(PTI Photo)
Lalu Yadav is serving a jail term in a Jharkhand jail in connection with fodder scam cases.(PTI Photo)

Lalu Yadav's bail plea in fodder scam rejected

PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 06:18 PM IST
This case against Prasad relates to fraudulent withdrawal of 3.76 crore from Dumka treasury during December 1995 to January 1996.
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Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. (HT archive)
Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. (HT archive)

Lalu bail: CBI says he’s four months short of serving half term, HC seeks proof

PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 04:41 PM IST
The bench of justice Aparesh Kumar Singh, which is hearing Prasad’s bail plea, posted the matter for hearing next on February 19 after the CBI argued he has so far served 37 months and six days in custody and not 42 months
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.(HT archive)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.(HT archive)

Jharkhand High Court adjourns hearing on Lalu Prasad Yadav's bail plea to Feb 12

By Bedanti Saran, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 08:04 PM IST
  • The former Bihar chief minister has been serving jail term since December 23, 2017, after his conviction in three fodder scam cases.
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Jharkhand high court in Ranchi.(HT File Photo)
Jharkhand high court in Ranchi.(HT File Photo)

HC vacates stay as Jharkhand Speaker ends Babulal Marandi’s anti-defection trial

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:15 PM IST
  • The Speaker had initiated proceedings under anti-defection laws to decide if the merger of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) led by Babulal Marandi into the BJP in February, 2020, was valid.
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Marium Gudia, a sanitation worker, was the first to get Covid-19 vaccine at Ranchi Sadar Hospital in Jharkhand.
Marium Gudia, a sanitation worker, was the first to get Covid-19 vaccine at Ranchi Sadar Hospital in Jharkhand.

‘No side effect’: 1st to get vaccine, Jharkhand woman worker gives a thumbs up

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:42 PM IST
  • Covid 19 vaccination starts in Jharkhand with first shot to a sanitation worker in Ranchi.
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Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was shifted from paying ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) to director bungalow, due to surge in COVID-19 cases on August 5, 2020.(PTI)
Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was shifted from paying ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) to director bungalow, due to surge in COVID-19 cases on August 5, 2020.(PTI)

Jharkhand HC pulls up govt for shifting jailed Lalu Prasad to bungalow

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:28 PM IST
Lalu Prasad Yadav is serving imprisonment after conviction in different fodder scam cases and he has been undergoing treatment for more than two years at RIMS in Ranchi.
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File photo: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(Hindustan Times)
File photo: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(Hindustan Times)

‘Running on posters and hoardings’: BJP slams Soren govt in Jharkhand

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:11 PM IST
he party released a 28-page report card highlighting the alleged failure of the Soren government in Jharkhand.
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National commission for women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma said the body was apprised of the issue through media reports.(PTI)
National commission for women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma said the body was apprised of the issue through media reports.(PTI)

NCW seeks report on ‘rape’ complaint against Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 01:33 PM IST
The commission noted that a viral letter, reportedly written by the victim, contained details of incidents that had occurred in the last seven years ever since she accused Hemant Soren of raping her. The issue was first flagged by BJP MP Nishi Kant Dubey in July this year.
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.(HT archive)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.(HT archive)

Fodder scam: No relief for Lalu this year as bail hearing deferred for six weeks

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 01:26 PM IST
The RJD chief had sought bail in the Dumka treasury case on the ground that he had completed half (42 months & 28 days) of the seven-year sentence awarded to him in it
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Covid-19 testing too declined to over 26.56% in November in comparison to the previous month. While 11,11,955 samples were tested in October, as many as 8,16,521 samples were tested in November.(HT PHOTO.)
Covid-19 testing too declined to over 26.56% in November in comparison to the previous month. While 11,11,955 samples were tested in October, as many as 8,16,521 samples were tested in November.(HT PHOTO.)

Jharkhand logs nearly 60% decline in detection of Covid-19 cases in November

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 09:26 AM IST
The Covid-19 growth trajectory, which had taken a sudden turn in August and attained its peak in September, bent southward beginning October. Since then, the number of cases has been declining significantly.
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Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has sought bail in a fodder scam case claiming to have served half of his sentence.(PTI Photo)
Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has sought bail in a fodder scam case claiming to have served half of his sentence.(PTI Photo)

34 months or 42? Conflicting claims on Lalu’s jail stay adds twist to bail plea

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 02:32 PM IST
Lalu Prasad moved bail application in the third and the last case on the ground that he had completed half (42 months & 28 days) of the seven years sentence awarded to him in the case.
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.(File photo)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.(File photo)

Fodder scam case: Jharkhand HC to hear Lalu Yadav’s bail plea today

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:23 AM IST
He has already secured bail in two cases and moved a bail application in this third and last case which relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs3.76 crore from Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996
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The Jharkhand government on Wednesday ordered a probe into the phone call by RJD chief Lalu Prasad purportedly trying persuade a BJP MLA in Bihar from voting during Speaker election(Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)
The Jharkhand government on Wednesday ordered a probe into the phone call by RJD chief Lalu Prasad purportedly trying persuade a BJP MLA in Bihar from voting during Speaker election(Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)

Jharkhand orders probe into Lalu Prasad Yadav’s phone call

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 06:07 AM IST
Jharkhand inspector general (IG), prison, Birendra Bhushan on Wednesday set up an inquiry into the matter.
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The staff of a boarding school in Ranchi is bottling the milk produced by cows at the campus to be sold to general public in absence of resident students.(HT Photo)
The staff of a boarding school in Ranchi is bottling the milk produced by cows at the campus to be sold to general public in absence of resident students.(HT Photo)

Covid-19 impact: Boarding schools turn milk vendors in Jharkhand

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 08:05 PM IST
Owner of one of the boarding schools in Ranchi said they have a different set of problems than day schools. The number of staff in the former is three-four times higher than the latter. They also have to keep the entire facility intact even when the school is closed.
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Jharkhand BJP chief Deepak Prakash. (Videograb)
Jharkhand BJP chief Deepak Prakash. (Videograb)

Jharkhand BJP chief charged with sedition after comment on Hemant Soren govt

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 08:36 PM IST
Two days back in Dumka, Prakash had said that the incumbent government, led by Hemant Soren, would be unseated within two months and the next government would have a BJP chief minister.
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Maoist sub-zonal commander Ravindra Ganjhu, who carries an award of Rs 15 lakh on his head, and his team were reported to have sprung a surprise attack by triggering grenade blast when security forces were returning from patrolling. (HT Photo for representation)
Maoist sub-zonal commander Ravindra Ganjhu, who carries an award of Rs 15 lakh on his head, and his team were reported to have sprung a surprise attack by triggering grenade blast when security forces were returning from patrolling. (HT Photo for representation)

2 cops injured in Maoist attack in Jharkhand’s Lohardaga

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 10:50 PM IST
The two injured cops - Upendra Singh, 52, of district police and Anjani Kumar Pandey, 45, of special auxiliary police (SAP) - were airlifted and shifted to Ranchi’s Medica hospital for treatment.
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Currently, Ranchi has 1,765 active cases, 23,396 recoveries and 174 deaths.(ANI File)
Currently, Ranchi has 1,765 active cases, 23,396 recoveries and 174 deaths.(ANI File)

Jharkhand’s Covid-19 tally breaches 100,000-mark

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 02:28 PM IST
According to the health department’s bulletin released on October 28, the state capital, Ranchi, which has been hit hardest by the pandemic, topped the list, recording 92 fresh cases
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The beheaded bodies were recovered from a pit near Raba rivulet in a nearby forested area.(Representative Phot/Getty Images)
The beheaded bodies were recovered from a pit near Raba rivulet in a nearby forested area.(Representative Phot/Getty Images)

Villagers in Jharkhand allegedly behead 3 of family for practising witchcraft

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 12:57 PM IST
Police have arrested three of the nine suspects from the same village from where the trio went missing on October 7 .
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The bench granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on the condition that he would furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each and deposit Rs 2 lakh of Rs 10 lakh fine amount slapped on him along with the sentence.(File photo)
The bench granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on the condition that he would furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each and deposit Rs 2 lakh of Rs 10 lakh fine amount slapped on him along with the sentence.(File photo)

Fodder scam case: Jharkhand HC grants bail to Lalu Yadav

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 04:21 PM IST
Convicted in four fodder scam cases, the ex-Bihar CM will not be released from jail as he has been serving term in another fodder scam case in which he was sentenced to 14 years in prison
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Lalu Prasad(File photo)
Lalu Prasad(File photo)

For first time in 30 years, Lalu Prasad to miss Bihar polls

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 07:44 AM IST
The mercurial former Union minister is currently in jail in Ranchi on corruption charges. He was convicted in December 2017 in three separate fodder scam cases.
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The daily detection of Covid-19 cases in the state is on the decline as Jharkhand, after a hiatus of more than one month, has been reporting less than 1,000 cases for the last two days.(HT PHOTO.)
The daily detection of Covid-19 cases in the state is on the decline as Jharkhand, after a hiatus of more than one month, has been reporting less than 1,000 cases for the last two days.(HT PHOTO.)

Ranchi’s Covid-19 count crosses 20K-mark, district records 23% of state’s tally

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 09:55 PM IST
Ranchi and East Singhbhum together yielded 34,612 cases and 430 deaths, which account for over 40% of the total count and 58% of the overall casualties.
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File photo: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
File photo: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

‘Have no knowledge about sexual harassment case lodged against me in 2013’: Jharkhand CM

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 07:23 PM IST
Godda parliamentarian, Nishi Kant Dubey, in a series of tweets between July 27-29, had levelled sexual assault allegations against Soren.
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A health worker checks vitals of a Covid-19 patient.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
A health worker checks vitals of a Covid-19 patient.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Jharkhand HRD minister tests positive for Covid-19, state tally to cross 80k

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 05:59 PM IST
The minister was moved to Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for treatment after he complained of health complications.
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The state capital Ranchi, which is hardest hit by the pandemic and placed at the top of the list of Covid-19 cases, crossed the 15,000-mark on Saturday.(ANI PHOTO.)
The state capital Ranchi, which is hardest hit by the pandemic and placed at the top of the list of Covid-19 cases, crossed the 15,000-mark on Saturday.(ANI PHOTO.)

Jharkhand’s Covid-19 tally close to 70,000-mark, over 20% caseload in Ranchi

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 01:02 AM IST
Ranchi reported a maximum of 284 new cases taking the district’s tally to 15,239 cases, which accounts for nearly 22% of the state’s total caseload.
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Prasad, while currently out on bail, has been convicted in six cases related to misappropriation of public funds, each of which have varying sentences.(PTI file photo)
Prasad, while currently out on bail, has been convicted in six cases related to misappropriation of public funds, each of which have varying sentences.(PTI file photo)

CBI uses new section to oppose Lalu Prasad’s bail

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2020 03:40 AM IST
The agency said Prasad’s conviction falls under Section 427(1), which refers to a case when a person’s sentence runs after one ends. This would effectively lengthen the period of sentence.
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Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav(PTI)
Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav(PTI)

CBI’s new salvo to oppose Lalu Prasad Yadav’s bail may spell trouble for others

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 09:54 PM IST
According to the CBI, the court had never ordered that the sentences awarded to Prasad in four separate fodder scam cases would run concurrently. Hence, his custody in subsequent cases would start only after the completion of the sentence in previous cases.
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File photo: Private security guards at emergency at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, Jharkhand.(HT Photo)
File photo: Private security guards at emergency at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, Jharkhand.(HT Photo)

RIMS medical superintendent tests positive for Covid-19, suffers cardiac arrest

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 07:48 PM IST
Dr Vivek Kashyap has undergone angioplasty and is, reportedly, in a stable condition.
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Jharkhand has been reporting a steady surge in Covid-19 cases since early July as the state has ramped up testing.(HT Photo)
Jharkhand has been reporting a steady surge in Covid-19 cases since early July as the state has ramped up testing.(HT Photo)

Covid-19: Jharkhand reports record 78% recovery rate

By Bedanti Saran | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 11:33 AM IST
The state, where the pandemic has claimed 590 lives, has so far reported 67,100 cases
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Jharkhand’s coronavirus tally has reached close to 65,000.(ANI Photo)
Jharkhand’s coronavirus tally has reached close to 65,000.(ANI Photo)

20% of Jharkhand MLAs have tested Covid +ve, Cong MLA latest victim

By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 12:38 PM IST
Jharkhand’s Covid 19 cases are concentrated largely in urban cities in line with the trend seen nationally.
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