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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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Arrested Jharkhand mines secretary had role in granting lease to Soren: ED to HC

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the Jharkhand high court that Pooja Singhal had a role in granting mining lease to chief minister Hemant Soren.
Jharkhand mines secretary Pooja Singhal was arrested earlier this month in connection with MNREGA fund embezzlement case. (ANI)
Jharkhand mines secretary Pooja Singhal was arrested earlier this month in connection with MNREGA fund embezzlement case. (ANI)
Updated on May 19, 2022 11:02 PM IST
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List of endangered animal species to be displayed at public places in Jharkhand

The list will be displayed through digital display, hoardings and pamphlets at the public places to garner public support in wildlife crime control, they said. The enforcement agencies have also been advised to impart training on wildlife crime control.
Representaional image.(AP)
Representaional image.(AP)
Published on May 19, 2022 07:40 PM IST
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Governor returns agri tax Bill back to J’khand govt

Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais has returned the agriculture produce amendment Bill, 2022 sent for his assent back to the state government directing it to rectify the differences in the Hindi and English versions of the said Bill, which was cleared by the assembly during the budget session, a senior official said.
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais. (HT Photo)
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais. (HT Photo)
Published on May 17, 2022 10:20 PM IST
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Jharkhand IAS officer Pooja Singhal, CA to remain in ED custody for 4 more days

ED special public prosecutor said the investigators needed the custody of suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal and chartered accountant Suman Kumar to verify additional “digital information”.
IAS officer Pooja Singhal, arrested by ED in Jharkhand on May 11, being taken to special PMLA court in Ranchi in connection with the money laundering case on Monday (ANI)
IAS officer Pooja Singhal, arrested by ED in Jharkhand on May 11, being taken to special PMLA court in Ranchi in connection with the money laundering case on Monday (ANI)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:24 PM IST
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Suspended Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal sent to 4-day ED remand

Pooja Singhal, who was serving as the Jharkhand mining secretary before being suspended, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on May 12 in connection with a money laundering case linked to alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds in Khunti district of the state.
Jharkhand government had suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal on May 12.
Jharkhand government had suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal on May 12.
Published on May 16, 2022 06:35 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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Congress to ask JMM to support its candidate for Rajya Sabha election in Jharkhand

The Congress forced a contest in 2020 when it fielded a candidate for the Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand but lost after two a former BJP ally and two Independents supported the BJP candidate.
Elections to two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand are expected to be held in July (HT File Photo)
Elections to two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand are expected to be held in July (HT File Photo)
Published on May 11, 2022 07:30 PM IST
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Who is IAS officer Pooja Singhal and why ED arrested her? 10 facts

Pooja Singhal had appeared before the ED for the second consecutive day in connection with a money-laundering probe linked to alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds in Khunti and other charges.
Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal.
Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal.
Updated on May 11, 2022 07:26 PM IST
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Mine lease row: Soren gets additional 10 days to reply to EC notice

The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday gave Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren an additional 10 days to reply to its notice over charges that he issued a mining lease in the state in his favour, officials in the state government said.
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (PTI)
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (PTI)
Published on May 10, 2022 09:52 PM IST
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ED arrests J’khand mining secy CA over MGNREGS fund fraud

The ED’s money laundering probe, going on since 2018, is related to alleged embezzlement of funds meant for the rural jobs guarantee scheme in Khunti district between 2008 and 2011.
 Cash seized after ED's raid at multiple premises, including that of Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal, in connection with a money laundering probe, in Khunti district.(PTI photo)
 Cash seized after ED's raid at multiple premises, including that of Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal, in connection with a money laundering probe, in Khunti district.(PTI photo)
Updated on May 08, 2022 01:07 AM IST
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3 injured after blast at Tata Steel plant in Jamshedpur

The Tata Steel company officials described the explosion as a gas flare up in a coke plant unit, which was non-operational and is undergoing a dismantling process.
The injured include one staff member and two contract workers. While two of them have been discharged post first aid, one is currently under medical observation. (Video grab/ANI)
The injured include one staff member and two contract workers. While two of them have been discharged post first aid, one is currently under medical observation. (Video grab/ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2022 04:27 PM IST
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Three injured after explosion at Jamshedpur's Tata Steel plant | Video

  • The injured were contractual employees, the company stated in a statement on Twitter. They sustained minor injuries and were sent to Tata Main Hospital for treatment.
Screengrab fromt he video posted by news agency ANI.
Screengrab fromt he video posted by news agency ANI.
Updated on May 07, 2022 03:58 PM 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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Jharkhand speaker to hold disqualification hearing against BJP’s Babulal Marandi on Friday

The Jharkhand speaker’s decision to schedule a hearing comes against the backdrop of the Election Commission issuing notice to chief minister Hemant Soren in a office of profit complaint over a mining lease issued in Soren’s name last year.
The Jharkhand speaker will take up the plea to disqualify BJP leader Babulal Marandi on Friday (HT File Photo)
The Jharkhand speaker will take up the plea to disqualify BJP leader Babulal Marandi on Friday (HT File Photo)
Published on May 06, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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IMA threatens strike as Dhanbad doctor ‘leaves’ city after extortion calls, threat

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has threatened to shut medical services, including emergency, in Dhanbad from May 9 if the police fail to crack down against those behind threats and extortion calls to an eminent surgeon who has since “left the city out of fear”.
IMA secretary (Dhanbad chapter), Dr Sushil Kumar, said they have intimated the district police about their deadline. (HT Photo/Picture for representation)
IMA secretary (Dhanbad chapter), Dr Sushil Kumar, said they have intimated the district police about their deadline. (HT Photo/Picture for representation)
Published on May 05, 2022 09:06 PM IST
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SC refuses to stay Jharkhand panchayat polls, junks petition

The petitioner had demanded that the government conduct polls only after determining the extent of reservation for the OBCs in compliance with the mandatory procedure of the triple test laid down by the SC in January this year.
The Supreme Court of India. (HT)
The Supreme Court of India. (HT)
Published on May 04, 2022 09:37 PM IST
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Covid incentive row: Health dept files case against MLA Saryu Roy

Jharkhand’s health department has filed an FIR against Independent legislator Saryu Roy under sections of the IPC and Official Secrets Act, 1923, for allegedly leaking secret documents, police said on Tuesday.
MLASaryu Roy (HT Photo)
MLASaryu Roy (HT Photo)
Published on May 03, 2022 09:18 PM IST
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EC notice to Jharkhand CM Soren over mining lease

The Election Commission will permit a personal hearing to Hemant Soren, if he so wishes, to refute charges of office of profit, according to an official.
File Image: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (Photo by Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
File Image: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (Photo by Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Published on May 02, 2022 11:50 PM IST
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Tribal group locks Latehar district officers, wants panchayat polls scrapped

A group of tribals in Jharkhand’s Latehar have laid siege to the district collectorate for four days now, demanding cancellation of the panchayat polls in the district, which they claim is “unconstitutional,” officials said.
Protesters outside Latehar collectorate, who are opposed to holding panchayat polls in the district. (HT Photo)
Protesters outside Latehar collectorate, who are opposed to holding panchayat polls in the district. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 10:00 PM 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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BJP plotting to oust govt in J’khand: JMM

The ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Tuesday threw its weight behind its leader and chief minister Hemant Soren, who is facing charges of corruption, and alleged that the BJP was trying to create an opportunity for the central agencies to step in and target its political opponents, as is being done in other states.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (PTI)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (PTI)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 09:51 PM IST
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Industry dept headed by CM Soren allotted plot to his wife’s firm: BJP

Jharkhand’s former chief minister and BJP leader Raghubar Das on Monday levelled fresh allegations of corruption against chief minister Hemant Soren, alleging that the state’s industry department headed by Soren allotted an 11-acre plot to his wife Kalpana Soren’s firm at an industrial cluster in the state capital last year.
Former Jharkhand CM and BJP leader Raghubar Das. (HT Archives)
Former Jharkhand CM and BJP leader Raghubar Das. (HT Archives)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 10:15 PM IST
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Six minors gang rape 11-year-old in Jharkhand

According to the police, the incident took place on April 19 at a village under the Tapkara police station’s jurisdiction but it came to light on Saturday after the accused, all in the age group of 10 to 16 years, were apprehended.
The action was taken based on a complaint filed by the survivor on Wednesday, said Khunti superintendent of police Aman Kumar. (Representational image)
The action was taken based on a complaint filed by the survivor on Wednesday, said Khunti superintendent of police Aman Kumar. (Representational image)
Updated on Apr 24, 2022 12:16 AM IST
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After CM Soren, his minister faces EC probe

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has begun a probe against Jharkhand’s water and sanitation minister Mithlesh Thakur after receiving a complaint that has sought his disqualification from the state assembly for allegedly violating section 9 A of the Representation of People’s Act, 1950, while citing his association with a construction firm.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT Photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 09:44 PM IST
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Jharkhand HC grants bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in 5th fodder scam case

The 73-year-old former Bihar chief minister is in judicial custody and currently under medical treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi, following his conviction and sentencing by the CBI court in February this year in the case involving alleged embezzlement of over 139 crore.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. (ANI)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 23, 2022 02:09 AM IST
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Saryu seeks health minister’s dismissal, Banna slaps legal notice

Jharkhand’s health minister Banna Gupta Tuesday served a legal notice to Independent legislator Saryu Roy, demanding that he tender a written apology or face a defamation suit for maligning his reputation by making false allegations about him.
Independent legislator Saryu Roy. (HT Photo)
Independent legislator Saryu Roy. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 09:41 PM 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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