Hitender Rao

Hitender Rao is Senior Associate Editor covering the state of Haryana. A journalist with over two decades of experience, he writes on politics, economy, migration and legal affairs with a focus on investigative journalism.

Articles by Hitender Rao

WhatsApp chats, voice recordings establishes demand acceptance of bribe money: ACB

The Haryana anti-corruption bureau claims to have evidence of an IAS officer accepting bribes in a corruption case after analyzing WhatsApp calls and messages. The officer was granted bail on November 28.

WhatsApp chats, voice recordings establishes demand acceptance of bribe money in Haryana IAS officer corruption case. (HT FILE)
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 08:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

EMAAR-MGF dispute: Sham valuation of 54 acres within 72 hours paved way for defrauding India partner, says FIR

The UAE based realty firm has been booked for cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy on the orders of the Gurugram chief judicial magistrate on the basis of a complaint submitted by its former India partner, MGF Development Ltd

It said that Emaar illegally usurped MGFs land in Sector 74-A -Begampur Khatola (8.85 acres), Sector 81 - Nakhdola (0.92 acres), Sector 85 –Badha (9.01 acres) and Sector 99 -Kherki Majra (8.62 acres). (iStock)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 08:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

EMAAR-MGF dispute: UAE-based realty company booked by Gurugram police

“The realty company allegedly came up with the valuation of lands at low prices when the adjacent lands were being sold at much higher prices, exploited the warranty indemnity and litigation indemnity agreements and committed cognisable offences for getting wrongful gain.” -FIR

They have been booked for cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy, on the complaint of its former India partner, MGF Development Ltd. (HT File)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 11:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

IAS officers at loggerheads: Haryana orders fact-finding probe into cross-complaints

The two IAS officers have been at loggerheads with each other since April 2022. It all started when Verma as the then managing director of Haryana State Warehousing Corporation (HSWC) submitted a complaint to the police for registration of a first information report (FIR) against his senior IAS colleague, Ashok Khemka and three others for allegedly making appointments in HSWC in an illegal and arbitrary manner.

The Haryana government has appointed financial commissioner, revenue, TVSN Prasad to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into a series of complaints made by 1991-batch IAS officer Ashok Khemka and his IAS colleague, Sanjeev Verma of 2004 batch against each other. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 09:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Private sector quota law quashed: Setback to BJP-JJP govt before 2024 assembly polls

Punjab and Haryana high court’s decision to hold the 75 % private sector quota law enacted by the BJP-JJP government in Haryana as unconstitutional has come as a loss of face for the ruling alliance, less than a year before the state goes for assembly elections.

The striking down of the legislation by the HC is a bigger setback to deputy chief minister and JJP leader Dushyant Chautala who had single-handedly piloted the move despite chief minister ML Khattar of the BJP showing initial reluctance to the plan.The decision to provide 75% reservations to local candidates of Haryana in private sector industrial and commercial establishments was primarily aimed at wooing young constituents, a poll promise made by the JJP. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 06:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

A short explainer of the Haryana Municipal Urban Built-Plan Reform Policy

Haryana cabinet approves policy to validate residential plots used for commercial purposes

Gurugram, India-August 10, 2023: A view of the land where the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) department to build their new office building in sector-29 near Leisure valley park, in Gurugram, India, on Thursday, 10 August 2023. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 12:36 PM IST

4 years of Haryana CM Khattar’s second innings: Fighting ally’s demons with Teflon image

Running a minority government, formed courtesy a post-poll alliance with Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), posed to be challenging for the RSS ideologue-turned-chief minister.

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s four years of the second term would be best remembered as a period where reforms were initiated as the government tried to bring in digital transformation of operations and delivery of services, limiting human interaction to reduce corruption. (HT file photo)
Published on Oct 27, 2023 02:00 PM IST

Graft case against IAS officer: Haryana ACB counting on chain of evidence to Arya

Legal experts say by skipping the requirements to obtain prior govt approval, enough room has been created to the advantage of 2009-batch IAS officer Jaibir Singh Arya

The now arrested IAS officer, who was serving as managing director (MD) of Haryana State Warehousing Corporation (HSWC), was booked, along with two state officials and a private individual, under Sections 7 and 7-A of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act and Sections 384, and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code on October 11. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 08:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Palwal man gets death sentence for raping minor daughter for 4 years

The special court has also awarded ₹10.5 lakh as compensation to the victim; the convict used to assault and intimidate the victim, said the court

The victim had lodged a complaint on October 2, 2020.
Published on Oct 07, 2023 09:04 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana: Decks cleared for 800 MW thermal power plant in Yamunanagar

Cost benefit analysis taking into account coal transportation cost, free power to host state, land acquisition costs, raw water availability outweighed Centre’s suggestion

The planned 800 MW unit is an extension of the two 300 MW units DCRTPP Yamunanagar. (HT File/For representational purposes only)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 07:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Stepfather gets life imprisonment for raping 11-year-old girl

The fast-track POCSO court headed by additional sessions judge (ASJ) Prashant Rana while holding the 30-year-old stepfather guilty of aggravated penetrative sexual assault under Section 6 of the POCSO Act said in his order that life imprisonment granted to the convict shall be without any remission and the convict shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for the remainder of his natural life, till his last breath.

A special fast-track court holding the trial of offences under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act at Palwal on Wednesday sentenced the stepfather of a minor girl to life imprisonment for raping her. (Representational image)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 12:19 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Spurious drug case: Accused gets bail as drugs control officer did not get permission to visit Italy

Additional sessions judge (ASJ), Gurugram, Jasbir Singh while granting bail to accused Motidur Rahman Ansari said that the DCO has mainly relied upon an email sent by the manufacturer to establish the spurious nature of the drug seized from co-accused Sandeep Bhui.

With the Haryana government not granting permission to Gurugram drugs control officer (DCO) to visit Italy for authenticating the credentials of an alleged spurious drug, Defitelio infusion concentrate, administered intravenously to cancer patients, a Gurugram court has granted bail to an accused in the case. (Representational image)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 12:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana failed to provide adequate, quality water to residents: CAG report

While assessing the quality of water supplied in six districts, the CAG found that chlorination for disinfecting the water was not detected in the samples at 12 out of 25 locations selected and was found to be more than the prescribed limit at 11 locations.

A performance audit by the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) has found that the Haryana government failed to provide adequate and quality water to its citizens. (HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 08:08 PM IST

SC sets aside high court order on granting anticipatory bail to proclaimed offender

The apex court has, in several judgments, been categorical against granting anticipatory bail to proclaimed offenders barring exceptional circumstances, says Haryana law officer

The Supreme Court said it is clear that the anticipatory bail application of the respondent, who is an accused in an FIR registered in Gurugram, should not have been entertained by the Punjab and Haryana high court as he was a proclaimed offender. (HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 03:48 PM IST

Amid power tussle: Haryana Sikh body chief, general secretary tender resignations

While no reason has been ascribed for their resignations, the development comes a fortnight after the ad-hoc body had sought the removal of member and former chief Baljit Singh Daduwal and general secretary Gurvinder Singh Dhamija for allegedly using indecent language in a gurdwara.

Amid the ongoing conflict in the faction-ridden Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (ad hoc), committee president Karamjit Singh and general secretary Gurvinder Singh Dhamija on Sunday tendered their resignations. (HT File)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 12:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana assembly committee recommends probe into grant of forest NOC to developer

The no-objection certificate was a part of the trail of illegalities that started with the allotment of 3.93 acres to the developer by the municipal corporation of Faridabad in the PLPA-notified area: CAG

The no objection certificate, according to the CAG report, was a part of the trail of illegalities that started with the allotment of 3.93 acres to the developer by the municipal corporation Faridabad (MCF) in the PLPA-notified area. (HT file photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 03:17 PM IST

2004 HCS selections: HC sets aside notices to dispense with services of officers

Haryana government re-opened issue of selection by wrongly interpreting December 2018 HC order: Court

Providing relief to Haryana Civil Services (HCS) and allied services officers appointed in 2016, the Punjab and Haryana has set aside the November 2021 show-cause notices served by the state government conveying the decision to dispense with their services. (Representational photo)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 03:35 PM IST

Gurdwara body row: Conflict escalates as Baljit Daduwal, Gurvinder Dhamija hit back at HSGMC chief

Five days after the ad-hoc body, constituted to facilitate the transfer of assets of 48 Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee controlled gurdwaras, sought the removal of member and former chief, Baljit Singh Daduwal and general secretary, Gurvinder Singh Dhamija for allegedly using indecent language in a gurdwara, the duo hit back on Tuesday.

HSGMC president Karamjit Singh said he will reply at an appropriate moment to Dhamija’s allegations of immoral behaviour levelled against him. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 12:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Misappropriation of home buyers’ money: ED prosecution complaint leaves many questions unanswered

Not clear what happened to laundered money beyond the companies mentioned in the complaint, the agency is yet complete the money trail, says legal experts

HT Image
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 12:57 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Shatrujeet Kapur takes charge as new Haryana Police chief

The 1990-batch officer is the junior most in the list of three IPS officers empanelled by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and will have a minimum tenure of two years as mandated by the Supreme Court

Shatrujeet Singh Kapur, a 1990-batch IPS officer, taking charge as the new Haryana director general of police (DGP) on Wednesday as his predecessor PK Agrawal (left) looks on. (Sant Arora/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 03:46 PM IST

Siphoning home buyers’ money: 1,700 buyers did not get flats, plots despite paying IREO, ED finds

Due to buy-back and transfer of customer receipts to overseas companies, the Indian operating companies became short of funds and few became insolvent: ED

The ED probe found that 1,700 buyers did not get their flats, plots despite paying IREO. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 15, 2023 03:31 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Siphoning homebuyers’ money: Driver made M3M director to carry out financial fraud, finds ED probe

ED has named 15 new individuals and 30 companies as accused in the supplementary prosecution complaint

The ED probe into the siphoning of homebuyers’ money found that a driver was made M3M director to carry out financial fraud. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 03:23 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Driver was made M3M’s director to carry out financial fraud, says ED

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has found that a car driver was appointed as a director of a group company to facilitate transfer of development rights

Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is investigating real estate developers IREO and M3M for allegedly siphoning funds of investors and homebuyers found that a car driver was also involved. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 12:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh:

Money laundering case: Enforcement Directorate arrests former CBI judge Sudhir Parmar

The ED is investigating the money laundering case linked to a corruption case registered by the Haryana anti-corruption bureau (ACB) against Parmar, an additional sessions judge-rank judicial officer who was also holding the charge of special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court before he was suspended

Former special CBI judge Sudhir Parmar (File photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 12:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

New Haryana director general of police: UPSC shortlists three IPS officers

Anti-corruption bureau director general Shatrujeet Kapur likely to succeed PK Agrawal as the new director general of police of Haryana

An empanelment committee of the UPSC in New Delhi decided to overlook the name of senior most Haryana IPS officer Manoj Yadava as the officer has expressed his unwillingness to return to his parent cadre and was recently appointed as the director general, Railway Protection Force (RPF), a Central government assignment.
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 12:29 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

New Haryana DGP: UPSC to shortlist three IPS officers on August 10

The UPSC communique to the Haryana government came after the latter omitted name of Yadava, the senior most IPS officer in the cadre, from the proposal containing the names of nine IPS officers to the UPSC for shortlisting three officers for the job of state police chief. Yadava who remained Haryana DGP from 2019 to 2021 is on central deputation.

An empanelment committee of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold a meeting on August 10 at New Delhi to shortlist three Haryana cadre IPS officers from amongst whom the state government would select the next state director general of police (DGP). The term of the incumbent DGP, PK Agrawal ends August 15. (Representational image)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Congress MLA controlled realty company siphoned 107 cr homebuyers’ money: ED

During search operations, four luxury cars with acquisition value of about ₹4 crore, jewellery worth ₹14.5 lakh and Rs. 4.5 lakh cash were seized, ED said.

Haryana MLA Dharam Singh Chokker
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 04:05 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Palwal: 26-yr-old MP man gets death sentence for raping, killing 6-yr-old girl

Special fast track court holding trial of offences under the POCSO Act asks NCPCR to prepare database and put in place safety measure for vulnerable migrant kids

Palwal: 26-yr-old MP man gets death sentence for raping, killing 6-yr-old girl
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 09:50 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

New DGP: Haryana refuses to send Manoj Yadava’s name to UPSC

The Haryana government’s move is aimed at ensuring that three IPS officers serving in the state- Muhammad Akil and RC Mishra of the 1989 batch and Shatrujeet Kapur, 1990-batch, get empaneled on the basis of seniority, merit and experience by the UPSC.

As per officials, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is keen on picking Shatrujeet Kapur, a 1990-batch officer, to head the state police force. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 12:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Revival of Saraswati river’s old channels can help drain flood waters: CERSR

CERSR director Prof AR Chaudhri said if the ancient channel ways were left as they were, flooding in majority of the houses and damage to crops could have been minimised. He added that the old channels of Saraswati river form a dense network measuring more than 3,000 km in nearly all Haryana districts and could be used as a fast sink for flood waters in future.

Explaining the process to revive the old channels, Prof Chaudhri said the paleochannels (a deposit of sediment filling the course of an ancient river) of Saraswati river would have to be first demarcated on the ground. (HT File/Picture for representational purposes)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 01:21 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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