Vishal Kant

Vishal Kant works as an Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He tracks developments in Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi government. Vishal has spent about a decade covering the city politics and governance, besides writing on Delhi’s civic issues, urban transport and infrastructure.

Articles by Vishal Kant

Make rules to implement judicial orders: President Murmu

Murmu, who inaugurated the new building of the Jharkhand High Court in state capital Ranchi, was addressing a gathering which included chief justice of India DY Chandrachud, union law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, Governor CP Radhakrishnan, chief minister Hemant Soren, besides serving and former judges of Jharkhand high court.

President Droupadi Murmu is received by Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan and chief minister Hemant Soren upon her arrival at Ranchi airport on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 24, 2023 09:52 PM IST
By, Ranchi

NCR belt emerges new cybercrime epicentre

The highest number of cybercrimes in the country over the last three years originated from Bharatpur district in Rajasthan

HT Image
Updated on May 22, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Rahul Gandhi defamation case: J’khand HC reserves order on quashing petition

The complaint case was filed by Navin Jha with Ranchi court on April 28, 2018, against the statement Rahul Gandhi made at the plenary session of his party on March 18, 2018.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi . (PTI)
Updated on May 16, 2023 09:55 PM IST

Nitish meets CM Soren, says will work together for 2024 LS polls

The Janata Dal (United) leader, who leads a coalition government in Bihar, has been meeting leaders from various parties as part of his campaign for the last several months.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his Jharkhand cointerpart Hemant Soren and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in Ranchi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 10, 2023 09:35 PM IST
By, Ranchi

IAS Ranjan was principal conspirator in fraudulent sale of army land, ED tells Ranchi court

The directorate of enforcement (ED) on Friday told the special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court that IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan misused his office of Ranchi deputy commissioner and connived with land brokers, officials and other beneficiaries to facilitate fraudulent sale of atleast three land plots at premium locations in Jharkhand’s state capital, including one under possession of the Indian army since independence, by manipulation of official records in Ranchi and Kolkata

He was arrested after 11 hours of questioning in connection with the money laundering probe. (Representative file image)
Updated on May 05, 2023 07:03 PM IST

ED arrests Jharkhand IAS officer in land deal case

ED on Thursday arrested Jharkhand IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan, after around 11 hours of questioning in connection with its money laundering probe related to alleged illegal land deals.

ED is probing a money laundering case related to alleged illegal land deals.
Updated on May 05, 2023 12:00 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Ranchi court rejects Rahul’s plea for appearance exemption

The defamation case in Ranchi court was filed by an advocate, Pradip Modi, for Gandhi’s alleged remark that “all Modis are thieves” at an election rally in Ranchi in 2019.

Rahul Gandhi (HT file)
Updated on May 03, 2023 09:57 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand: Congress cautious over minister’s viral video as BJP seeks action

BJP MP from Jharkhand’s Godda Nishikant Dubey on Sunday night had shared a video clip on social media purportedly showing Gupta engaging in an “obscene” phone conversation with a woman

Minister Gupta on the other hand filed a case against unknown persons with cyber police station in Jamshedpur. (ANI image)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 01:18 PM IST

Jharkhand: Congress cautious over minister’s viral video, BJP seeks action

Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur said the party was keeping a watch on the developments and party would take a call over the issue at opportune time.

Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta . (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 10:12 PM IST
By, Ranchi

J’khand guv again returns bill to increase reservation

A senior Raj Bhawan official said that the bill has been returned to the government based on legal opinion provided by the Attorney General of India.

Jharkhand governor CP Radhakrishnan was appointed onFebruary 18. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:26 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand governor returns OBC reservation bill to Soren govt for review

A senior official in Raj Bhawan, however, said the bill has been returned back to the government based on the legal opinion provided by the Attorney General of India.

Jharkhand Governor C.P. Radhakrishnan. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 10:26 PM IST

Jharkhand governor returns quota increase bill for review

An official in the governor’s office said the bill was returned on the basis of the legal opinion from the attorney general of India

The bill was passed in November. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:17 PM IST

Ranchi land scam case: ED summons IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan for questioning

The ED summon to IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan comes four days after the federal agency raided 21 locations across three states including the official and private residence of Ranjan and others on April 13

IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 09:16 AM IST

Land scam case: ED arrests seven, sent to judicial custody; hearing on remand today

The ED crack down is related to money laundering probe in connection with fraudulent sale of around 4.5 acres land, in possession of the Indian army since independence, besides one acre land in Cheshire Home road in upscale Bariatu area in Ranchi.

The residence of IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan in Ranchi. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 10:01 PM IST

Jharkhand money laundering probe: ED raids multiple locations of IAS officer

The raids are in connection with a money laundering probe conducted by the federal agency at around two dozen locations of IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan over some land deals in Ranchi in the past few years

Representational image.
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 10:37 AM IST

Jharkhand: BJP workers clash with police during march to secretariat

The clash left around two dozen people, including at least two journalists and a policeman, injured. They were shifted to different hospitals and discharged after treatment.

RBJP supporters brave water cannons during the protest. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 11, 2023 10:07 PM IST
By, Ranchi

‘Neither women nor mineral resources in state are safe under Soren regime’

In an interview, Vajpayee spoke about a host of issues, including the party’s charge against the JMM-led state government and organisational issues and exuded confidence that they would emerge victorious in the upcoming elections in the state

Jharkhand BJP in-charge Laxmi Kant Vajpayee (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 10:39 PM IST

Jharkhand education minister Jagarnath Mahto passes away

Chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha working president Hemant Soren called it an “irreparable loss”

Jharkhand education minister Late Jagarnath Mahto. (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2023 10:51 AM IST

Jharkhand Information Commission defunct for three years

More than 16,000 appeal applications are pending for hearing in Jharkhand Information Commission as the statutory body has been lying defunct for around three years since the last information commissioner, Himanshu Shekhar Chaudhary, retired after completing his term on May 8, 2020.

The association of advocates has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Jharkhand High Court (in pic), seeking directions to the government to fill the vacancies at the earliest. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 09:38 PM IST
By, Ranchi

5 top Maoists killed in Jharkhand encounter

Five top Maoists, including two who were carrying a reward of ₹25 lakh each on their head, were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Jharkhand’s Chatra district on Monday, police said.

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Updated on Apr 03, 2023 11:59 PM IST
By, Ranchi

5 Maoists killed in encounter in Jharkhand’s Chatra: Police

The Jharkhand police said that one of the five Maoists killed in the encounter had carried ₹25 lakh reward on his head

The Jharkhand police said the encounter is ensuing inside the forest area on the Chatra-Palamu border. (Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 03, 2023 03:42 PM IST

Jharkhand: PTR struggles to retain lone tiger sighted after 3 years

According to officials, the tiger is estimated to be around eight-year-old and his picture was captured on a mobile phone camera in Kutku range of the reserve by PTR (North) deputy director Prajesh Jena on March 18.

The picture of the tiger which was captured on a mobile phone at PTR on March 18. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 10:09 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Difficult to say we are in Amritkaal or Apatkaal: Soren

Soren, who is also the working president of the JMM and leads the JMM-Congress-RJD combine government, described the court verdict on former Congress president Rahul Gandhi as unjustified.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. (PTI)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 09:56 PM IST

‘Difficult to say we are in Amritkaal or Apatkaal’: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

In his reply to the House on the last of the day of the budget session of the Jharkhand assembly, CM Soren hit out at the BJP and the Centre over a host of issues, including Rahul Gandhi’s conviction, centre-state relationship, misuse of agencies and inflation, besides his government’s stand over the contentious domicile and employment policy of the state

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren (File Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 08:28 PM IST

Jharkhand infant death: 6 police personnel part of raiding team suspended, booked

The newborn died on Wednesday after a raiding police party entered the home of an accused and allegedly stepped over his four-day-old grandson sleeping inside one of the rooms

An FIR has also been registered under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC. (Representative file image)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 01:00 PM IST

Jharkhand assembly: Barbs like Bangladeshi, Talibani, fly over Ramnavami ‘curbs’

The issue was raised during the question hour by Hazaribag legislator Manish Jaiswal, who alleged that the Hazaribag district administration is acting against innocents, besides putting a complete ban on operating DJ during Ramnavami procession on instructions from the state government due to “appeasement” politics.

A BJP legislator stages protest over security arrangements for the upcoming Ramnavami and Sarhul festivals at Jharkhand Assembly on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 09:55 PM IST
By, Ranchi

J’khand govt accuses BRO of violating Migrant Workmen Act, warns of action

In a communication to the director general of the BRO on Tuesday, state labour secretary Rajesh Kumar Sharma has urged the central agency, which has traditionally been hiring CLP from the state for its projects, to get itself registered as the ‘principal employer’ under the Act.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (PTI)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 09:55 PM IST

2 yrs jail, fine for assault on medical professionals in new Jharkhand bill

The bill named ‘Personnel associated with Jharkhand medical services and institutions (prevention of violence and damage to property) Bill, 2023’, is likely to be tabled in the assembly on Tuesday

A cabinet chaired by chief minister Hemant Soren on March 15 gave its nod to the bill (File Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 08:36 PM IST

CM Soren’s principal secy removed from charges soon after Marandi’s allegations

BJP’s Babulal Marandi had demanded removal of Ekka for allegedly being hand in glove with powerbrokers and clearing official files from the private office of one Vishal Chaudhary whose premise was raided by the enforcement directorate (ED) last year.

Senior BJP leader Babulal Marandi addresses the media in Ranchi on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 05, 2023 10:39 PM IST

J’khand budget 2023-24: With 1.16 lakh cr, FM ready for ‘year of implementation’

In 2023-24, the government plans to spent the maximum ( ₹43,303.44 crore) in the social sector, followed by ₹39.736.11 crore in finance sector.

Jharkhand finance minister Rameshwar Oraon presents the state Budget 2023-2024 in the Legislative Assembly on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 10:10 PM IST
By, Ranchi
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