Neeraj Chauhan

Neeraj Chauhan, senior associate editor with the National Political Bureau of Hindustan Times, writes on security, terrorism, corruption, laundering, black money, narcotics, and related policy matters while covering MHA, ED, CBI, NIA, IB, CVC, NHRC, CAG, Income Tax department, etc.

Articles by Neeraj Chauhan

Khalistanis invested in movies, Canadian league, NIA charge sheet reveals

Besides, the money generated by the gangsters was invested in the clubs and bars in Thailand as well.

Vandals allegedly associated with the so-called Khalistan referendum in Canada have been blamed for at least a dozen cases of desecration of temples with graffiti or anti-India posters. (AP)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 04:14 AM IST

San Francisco consulate attacks: NIA releases pictures of 10 suspects

The action comes against the backdrop of heightened tensions between India and Canada following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation of Indian involvement in Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing

Khalistan supporters have carried out a series of attacks on Indian missions abroad. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 03:15 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Canada yet to act on Interpol notices against Khalistani gangsters

There are 21 key gangsters based in Canada who are wanted by Indian agencies.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar (File photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 05:32 AM IST

Killed in June, Hardeep Singh Nijjar was one of India’s most wanted terrorists

A key functionary in the Khalistani network, Nijjar was declared an “individual terrorist” under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in July 2020

A photograph of Hardeep Singh Nijjar on a banner outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Surrey, British Columbia. (AP)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 09:54 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Govt selects Chennai-based IT firm as 1st pvt contractor for email utilities

This is the first time a private contractor has been chosen to manage government digital services

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Updated on Sep 12, 2023 12:15 AM IST
By, Deeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi

229 legal assistance requests from India pending with other G20 nations: Report

For instance, CBI’s MLA request to the US in actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case is pending for almost two years now.

After India, France sent most MLA requests, 125 , followed by Russia (93), China (23) and Mexico (18) between 2018 and 2022. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 05:23 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Naresh Goyal siphoned Jet Airways funds to family, tax havens: ED

ED also claimed that Naresh Goyal diverted funds by making advances to Jet Lite Limited, a unit of Jet Airways, worth ₹2,547 crore.

The special PMLA court remanded Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal in the ED custody till September 11. (Reuters)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 08:16 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Senthil Balaji oversaw cash-for-job racket in transport department: ED

ED has filed a chargesheet against Tamil Nadu minister V Senthil Balaji, accusing him of corruption in the transport department's recruitment process.

Raids at Senthil Balaji’s residence in May. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:15 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

G20 Summit: Agencies on alert against cyber attack by hackers in Delhi

The agencies are keeping a close watch on hackers backed by Pakistan and pro-“Khalistani” outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).

CRPF personnel maintain a vigil near the IGI airport on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 02:33 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Get ready to implement new criminal codes, leverage AI: Shah to top cops

Shah also urged the top police leadership to transform their approach in dealing with the country’s internal security problems

Union home minister Amit Shah addresses the concluding session of the two-day ‘National Security Strategies Conference 2023’, in New Delhi (PTI)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 01:00 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Be ready to implement new laws, work on AI: Amit Shah tells top cops

Amit Shah said AI was as much a threat as it was an opportunity and urged the police to learn to use it to its advantage and prepare to deal with its adverse impact

Union home minister Amit Shah and Intelligence Bureau (IB) director Tapan Deka at the IB headquarters for the National Security Strategy Conference on Thursday (PTI)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 10:40 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

ED raids in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh including on CM Baghel’s political advisor

HT had first reported in July that the ED will expand its Chhattisgarh liquor scam probe to Jharkhand

Enforcement Directorate (Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 12:39 PM IST

India step closer to extraditing Tahawwur Rana as US court rejects his plea

A court in California has rejected a plea of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman-doctor Tahawwur Rana, who has been named as a conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, against his extradition

Tahawwur Rana has been named a conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 02:53 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Strengthening compliance on red notices a key focus area: Interpol secretary gen

We are strengthening compliance and review mechanism of red notices against fugitives, Interpol secretary general Jurgen stock said in an interview

Interpol secretary general Jurgen Stock says they are strengthening compliance and review mechanism of red notices against fugitives. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 02:22 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Serial blasts thing of past; LWE violence also down: Modi

In his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 77th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is feeling a sense of security now

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 15, 2023 09:42 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Analyse cases in 5 yrs to identify common areas of graft, says CVC

The measures are part of a 3-month campaign, from August 16 to November 15, to be undertaken by ministries as a precursor to vigilance awareness week to be observed from October 30 to November 5

Central Vigilance Commissioner Praveen Kumar Srivastava after taking oath of office, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 29 this year. (ANI )
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 12:46 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Specialised unit within NIA to lead probes into cyberattacks

The ACTU, sanctioned by the home ministry last year and currently in the process of being finalised, will be given all such cases to investigate the role of terrorists or state actors behind the attacks

An official said NIA has the mandate to probe cyber-terror attacks on foreign soil and it can quickly get information by coordinating with the law enforcement agencies of other countries. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 12:40 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Bill proposes 10-year jail for death in hit-and-run cases

India has introduced a proposed law that would impose a 10-year jail term on individuals involved in hit-and-run cases who fail to report the incident to police. The law, part of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, seeks to replace the colonial-era Indian Penal Code. Currently, hit-and-run cases are registered under various sections of the IPC, with the punishment for causing death due to rash and negligent driving being two years. The proposed law also includes provisions for defining snatching as a crime for the first time and extends police detention powers to 60 or 90 days.

Hit-and-run cases are classified as those where police fail to identify the vehicle behind the accident or its owner.
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 12:37 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Govt moves to overhaul British-era criminal laws

The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu strongly opposed the naming of the bills, calling it “Hindi imposition” and an “audacious attempt” to tamper with India’s diversity

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Updated on Aug 12, 2023 12:01 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Many states, UTs yet to implement key disaster response tool: NDMA

In a letter to the states and UTs , the NDMA also said that several stakeholders, mostly at the grassroots level, are not aware of their duties and responsibilities under IRS

A drone view of a broken bridge during the aftermath of Cyclone Biparjoy after it made landfall, in Gujarat on June 16 (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 12:43 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Jagdish Tytler instigated mobs in 1984 riots, said not enough killed: CBI

According to the charge sheet, CBI established Tytler’s presence at the crime scene based on the testimonies by six witnesses

Victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots stage a protest against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Saturday. CBI has filed a charge sheet against Tytler in the Gurdwara Pul Bangash case. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 05:35 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Reduce age to contest polls to 18 yrs, says parliamentary panel; ECI disagrees

On common electoral rolls for local and national elections, the parliamentary standing committee led by BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi advised the government and ECI to proceed with caution

The Election Commission of India has not favoured changing the current age requirement for Lok Sabha or assembly elections (HT File Photo/Arvind Yadav)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 09:48 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Union Home Secretary Ajay K Bhalla granted another one-year extension in service

The latest and the fourth extension comes at a time when the government is dealing with multiple internal security issues such as Manipur unrest, rise of pro-Khalistan elements, among others

Bhalla is a 1984-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre. (PTI photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 04:57 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

CBI to probe assault on 3 women in Manipur

The CBI has taken over the investigation into a sexual violence incident in Manipur, where three women were stripped and paraded naked, and one was raped.

Opposition MPs in Bishnupur district on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 01:21 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

CBI takes over probe in Manipur sexual assault; files FIR

The Centre on Thursday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the case has been transferred to the CBI and that the trial must be time-bound, and should take place outside Manipur.

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 01:05 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

NIA brings Lawrence Bishnoi’s key associate Vikram Brar from Dubai, arrests him

Vikram Brar also acted as a bridge between the Lawrence Bishnoi gang and Khalistani terrorists, said an officer who asked not to be named

Vikram Brar, a native of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, was wanted in 11 cases of murder and attempted murder
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 07:26 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Zero cross border infiltration in J&K in first 6 months of 2023: MHA to Lok Sabha

The data suggests that the cross-border infiltration has declined drastically since 2019, when the article 370, that somewhat gave special status to J&K, was abolished and it was made a UT

There were zero incidents of cross-border infiltration in J&K till June 30. (Representational file image)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 01:42 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Arms dealer Bhandari flouted Black Money Act, says tribunal

The July 5 ruling of appellate tribunal for forfeited property comes as a boost for the Enforcement Directorate in its probe against the businessman, who is currently in the UK

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Updated on Jul 25, 2023 12:37 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Pakistan man supplied arms used for Moosewala's murder: NIA

A Pakistani arms supplier based in Dubai, identified as Hamid, had supplied the weapons used in Punjabi singer and politician Sidhu Moosewala’s murder last year

Sidhu Moosewala(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 04:47 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Amit Shah bats for ‘unified front’ against those who use tech for social harm

Shah underlined threats emanating from cyber criminals using the darknet, metaverse, deepfakes, ransomware and toolkit-based misinformation campaigns

Union Minister for Home Affairs and Cooperation Amit Shah(ANI/PIB)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 01:57 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan
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