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.

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CM Soren questions ED’s‘silence’ on its raids in Jharkhand

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has questioned the lack of “official briefings” by the Enforcement Directorate on its ongoing raids in the state in connection with the alleged MNREGA scam.
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. (PTI)
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. (PTI)
Published on May 27, 2022 09:59 PM IST
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Hemant Soren questions ED’s ‘silence’ over Jharkhand raids

ED deputy director (Ranchi) has said that things related to an investigation are not revealed till the charge sheet is filed. A BJP spokesperson said ED is investigating a corruption case, why is the CM getting disturbed?
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has questioned the lack of ‘official briefings’ by ED on Jharkhand raids. (File Photo/Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has questioned the lack of ‘official briefings’ by ED on Jharkhand raids. (File Photo/Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 27, 2022 02:00 PM IST
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National Games ‘scam’: CBI searches ex-minister’s houses, other locations in Jharkhand

The CBI on Thursday conducted searches at 16 locations, including the residence of Jharkhand’s former sports minister and Bandhu Tirkey, in the case of alleged irregularities in multi-crore equipment purchases for the 34th National Games held here in 2011, officials said.
CBI officials arrive at the residence of Congress leader Bandhu Tirkey to conduct a raid in Jharkhand National Games scam, in Ranchi, on Thursday. (PTI)
CBI officials arrive at the residence of Congress leader Bandhu Tirkey to conduct a raid in Jharkhand National Games scam, in Ranchi, on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on May 26, 2022 09:42 PM IST
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CBI raids Jharkhand Cong working president Bandhu Tirkey in court-ordered probe

CBI conducted the raids as part of its investigation into the 2011 National Games ordered by the Jharkhand high court. Tirkey was arrested in the case in 2019 as well when the state vigilance officials investigated the charges
Jharkhand Congress working president Bandhu Tirkey was convicted for disproportionate assets in March this year, leading to his disqualification from the state assembly (HT File Photo)
Jharkhand Congress working president Bandhu Tirkey was convicted for disproportionate assets in March this year, leading to his disqualification from the state assembly (HT File Photo)
Published on May 26, 2022 11:36 AM IST
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Jharkhand mining lease case: HC defers hearing against CM Hemant Soren, others

The high court deferred hearing the case after senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Jharkhand government, told the division bench that he has filed a SLP before the Supreme Court and the latter has agreed to hear it Friday.
A petition in Jharkhand high court sought probes by CBI and ED into the mining lease granted to chief minister Hemant Soren and some shell companies. (File Photo)
A petition in Jharkhand high court sought probes by CBI and ED into the mining lease granted to chief minister Hemant Soren and some shell companies. (File Photo)
Published on May 19, 2022 11:35 PM IST
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Jharkhand governor withholds assent to SC/ST seniority bill

Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais on Wednesday sent to the Attorney General of India a bill passed by the state legislature in March to facilitate promotion of state government employees belonging to Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste on the basis of seniority.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.
Published on May 19, 2022 12:46 AM IST
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Judicial panel to probe irregularities in construction of J’khand assembly, court building

Both projects were initiated during the previous BJP regime and are worth several hundred crores. While the Assembly building was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2019, ahead of the assembly polls, the high court building is still under construction.
The Jharkhand goverment on Tuesday approved an investigation by a judicial commission into the ‘irregularities’ in the construction of the newly-built Jharkhand assembly and under construction high court building. (GETTY IMAGES.)
The Jharkhand goverment on Tuesday approved an investigation by a judicial commission into the ‘irregularities’ in the construction of the newly-built Jharkhand assembly and under construction high court building. (GETTY IMAGES.)
Updated on May 17, 2022 04:29 PM IST
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Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal arrested in PMLA case

The 2000 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was produced before the court of PK Sharma, the designated court to hear money laundering cases in Ranchi.
Enforcement Directorate had questioned IAS officer Pooja Singhal and her husband Abhishek Jha for around nine hours on Tuesday. (ANI)
Enforcement Directorate had questioned IAS officer Pooja Singhal and her husband Abhishek Jha for around nine hours on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 12, 2022 02:33 AM IST
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ED arrests Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal in money laundering case

ED arrested Pooja Singhal after questioning her for two days in a money laundering case linked to alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds in Jharkhand’s Khunti district.
Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal is a 2000 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. ED officials said she will be produced before a designated court in Ranchi soon to hear the money laundering case against her. (ANI)
Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal is a 2000 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. ED officials said she will be produced before a designated court in Ranchi soon to hear the money laundering case against her. (ANI)
Updated on May 11, 2022 06:46 PM IST
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EC grants CM Soren more time to reply to notice over mine lease

Jharkhand chief minister had written to the ECI on Monday, seeking a four-week extension of time to respond to the notice. The ECI, however, granted Soren 10 days to submit his reply.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT file photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 11, 2022 08:16 AM IST
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PIL on mining lease case aimed at destabilising my govt: J'khand CM Soren to HC

Soren’s response came after Shiv Shankar Sharma on February 16 sought CBI and ED probes into how Hemant Soren, who is in-charge of the mining department, obtained the lease for a piece of land on the outskirts of Ranchi
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (PTI file photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (PTI file photo)
Updated on May 07, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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PIL on mining lease aimed at destabilising my govt, Soren tells HC

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, who has been accused of allotting a mine lease to himself, has submitted before the high court that the public interest litigation (PIL) in the matter has been filed by his political rivals to “destabilise the democratically elected state government” headed by him.
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (PTI)
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (PTI)
Published on May 06, 2022 09:18 PM IST
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PIL on mining lease seeks to destabilise my govt, Hemant Soren tells Jharkhand HC

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren told the high court that the man who filed a public interest litigation against him had a “personal grudge” against him.
A stone quarrying lease granted to Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren by his government in 2021 has landed him at the centre of a raging controversy. (ANI)
A stone quarrying lease granted to Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren by his government in 2021 has landed him at the centre of a raging controversy. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2022 06:35 PM IST
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Jharkhand's first family hit by graft charges

While chief minister Hemant Soren is in the midst of an office-of-profit controversy, two more members of the family are also facing legal trouble.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) President Shibu Soren, during the celebrations of the 43rd foundation day of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), at Gandhi Maidan, in Dumka, Wednesday, Feb. 02, 2022. ( PTI Photo) 
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) President Shibu Soren, during the celebrations of the 43rd foundation day of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), at Gandhi Maidan, in Dumka, Wednesday, Feb. 02, 2022. ( PTI Photo) 
Updated on May 02, 2022 04:57 AM IST
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Jharkhand secretary responds to EC notice; governor meets PM Modi, Shah

Taking note of a complaint by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the poll body had recently written to state chief secretary Sukhdev Singh seeking “authentication” of the documents related to granting of the mining lease to the chief minister.
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 05:42 AM IST
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Jharkhand Governor meets Modi, Shah amid turbulence in state

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah and apprised them of the prevailing situation in the state, Raj Bhawan said in a statement.
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday . (PTI)
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday . (PTI)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 09:22 PM IST
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EC seeks reply from Jharkhand govt over charges against CM Hemant Soren

The ECI has written to Jharkhand chief secretary Sukhdev Singh seeking ‘authentication’ of the documents related to the granting of mining lease to the chief minister, a top official said, requesting anonymity.
The matter pertains to granting of an in-principle approval for stone quarrying lease in Hemant Soren’s name on a government land on the outskirts of the state capital. (PTI)
The matter pertains to granting of an in-principle approval for stone quarrying lease in Hemant Soren’s name on a government land on the outskirts of the state capital. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 12:43 AM IST
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ECI seeks Hemant Soren’s mining lease details over ‘office of profit’ complaint

‘Only the ECI can decide on issues related to office of profit for elected representatives. The commission has therefore written to the state government seeking information and authentication of the documents related to granting of the lease before sending its opinion to the Governor’
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. (PTI)
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 10:44 PM IST
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Ropeway tragedy: Poor safety, preparedness in focus as two-day ordeal ends

In all, three people died since the 766-metre cableway connecting to a pilgrimage site on Trikut hills developed a snag on Sunday, leading to a collision between two cars that claimed the life of one person.
The operation eventually managed to bring 63 people to safety on Tuesday, but the ropeway incident at Trikut hills has triggered questions over protocols on the maintenance of infrastructure. (PTI)
The operation eventually managed to bring 63 people to safety on Tuesday, but the ropeway incident at Trikut hills has triggered questions over protocols on the maintenance of infrastructure. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 01:59 AM IST
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2 dead, 15 stuck on Jharkhand ropeway

32 persons were rescued in Sunday’s ropeway mishap at Tirkut hills in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district while another 15 are still stranded mid-air.
The rescue operation was stopped after dusk due to visibility issues. It will resume on Tuesday morning. (ANI Photo)
The rescue operation was stopped after dusk due to visibility issues. It will resume on Tuesday morning. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2022 04:32 AM IST
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Four Cong MLAs back Soren, put own party ministers in dock

Four of the Congress’s 16 legislators in Jharkhand on Thursday held a meeting and expressed their support for chief minister Hemant Soren while questioning the performance of four ministers from their own party.
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, former AICC in-charge RPN Singh, finance minister Rameshwar Oraon and other leaders in Ranchi in November 2019. (HT Archives)
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, former AICC in-charge RPN Singh, finance minister Rameshwar Oraon and other leaders in Ranchi in November 2019. (HT Archives)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 10:08 PM IST
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Rift widens in ruling alliance in J’khand, Cong MLAs told not to meet CM

The central leadership of Congress has asked party legislators not to meet chief minister Hemant Soren for at least next two months since their grievances have remained unattended, party leaders said.
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren with Congress president t Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. (ANI)
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren with Congress president t Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 05, 2022 01:56 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Ranchi

J'khand guv returns anti-lynching bill, asks state to revisit definition of mob

On December 12 last year, the Jharkhand assembly passed the “Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021” during the winter session.
Two government officials confirmed that Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais returned the bill to CM Hemant Soren-led state government on Wednesday with two major recommendations. (Somnath Sen)
Two government officials confirmed that Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais returned the bill to CM Hemant Soren-led state government on Wednesday with two major recommendations. (Somnath Sen)
Updated on Mar 18, 2022 01:41 AM IST
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Jharkhand Governor returns anti-lynching Bill

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais has returned the anti-lynching Bill back to the Hemant Soren-led state government with two specific suggestions, including one to reconsider the definition of “mob”, which, as defined in the proposed law, was “not in consonance or in line with the well-defined legal lexicon or glossary”.
harkhand Governor Ramesh Bais in Ranchi on Sunday. (ANI)
harkhand Governor Ramesh Bais in Ranchi on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 17, 2022 09:31 PM IST
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KCR meets CM Soren in Ranchi, says not forming anti-BJP front

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday met Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren at his residence here and said he was holding discussions with leaders across the country to chalk out a plan to “try something new” in order to give a new direction to the country.
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao meets Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in Ranchi on Friday. (ANI)
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao meets Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in Ranchi on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 04, 2022 10:27 PM IST
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No front has been formed yet, says KCR after meeting Hemant Soren in Ranchi

The Telangana chief minister underscored that the country could not achieve the kind of development it should have in 75 years hence there was a need to ‘try out something new’, making it apparent that he was eying a role in national politics.
KCR was in Ranchi on a one-day tour, along with his wife, daughter, grandson, other party leaders and top officers to provide financial aid to the families of two soldiers who were killed in the Galwan Valley clash in 2020. (HT PHOTO.)
KCR was in Ranchi on a one-day tour, along with his wife, daughter, grandson, other party leaders and top officers to provide financial aid to the families of two soldiers who were killed in the Galwan Valley clash in 2020. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Mar 04, 2022 07:36 PM IST
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Jharkhand breaks into six-digit budget bracket

Finance minister Rameshwar Oroan proposed a 1,01,010-crore budget, with a proposal to hike capital expenditure by 59 %.
Jharkhand finance minister Dr Rameshwar Oraon presents the budget for the financial year 2022-2023 at the state assembly, in Ranchi on Thursday. (ANI)
Jharkhand finance minister Dr Rameshwar Oraon presents the budget for the financial year 2022-2023 at the state assembly, in Ranchi on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2022 09:43 PM IST
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Economic survey 2021-22: Unemployment in J’khand still above pre-Covid levels

Jharkhand’s economy is expected to grow by 8.8 per cent in the current financial year (2021-22) though the unemployment rate in the state continues to be in double digits and higher than the pre-Covid levels in January-February 2020, according to the economic survey for the current fiscal tabled in the state assembly by finance minister Rameshwar Oraon on Wednesday.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren (R) with finance minister Rameshwar Oraon (2L) ahead of presenting the state Budget in the Jharkhand Assembly, in Ranchi, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren (R) with finance minister Rameshwar Oraon (2L) ahead of presenting the state Budget in the Jharkhand Assembly, in Ranchi, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 02, 2022 09:21 PM IST
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Jharkhand governor, govt lock horns over Tribes Advisory Council

The governor has described the constitution of the Tribes Advisory Council without consulting Raj Bhawan as an encroachment into his rights and powers enshrined in the Fifth Schedule of Constitution
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren and state’s governor Ramesh Bais. (ANI)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren and state’s governor Ramesh Bais. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 24, 2022 01:26 AM IST
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J’khand govt, Governor on collision course over Tribes Advisory Council

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais has described the constitution of the Tribes Advisory Council (TAC) by the state government without consulting Raj Bhawan as an encroachment into his rights and powers, according to a 13-page noting on the file by the Raj Bhawan regarding constitution of the council.
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais (HT photo)
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais (HT photo)
Published on Feb 23, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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