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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.

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Haryana’s law exempts Ram Rahim from being categorised as hardcore prisoner

The Haryana govt after seeking legal opinion from AG Baldev Mahajan in 2022 concluded that Ram Rahim did not fall in category of hardcore convicted prisoners.

Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim.(File)
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 04:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana capex registered a decrease of 4,017 crore in current fiscal

In 2022-23, the state's capital expenditure decreased by ₹7,697 crore despite Khattar proposing a 17% increase for asset creation.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar presenting budget during the Budget Session at Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday. (Keshav Singh/ HT)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 10:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana CM proposes 1.89 lakh crore state budget

Announces waiver of interest and penalty on the payment of the principal amount of agricultural loans availed by farmers till September 2023

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar presenting the budget in the Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 12:41 PM IST

INDIA bloc: Congress-AAP alliance in Haryana looks indefinite

AAPs state unit in neighbouring Punjab on Wednesday had ruled out a truck with the Congress for the Parliament elections

While the Haryana Congress leadership does not seem too keen to contest the Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the AAP in Haryana, the latter is more receptive about the prospects of a coalition. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Why is Ram Rahim, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, out on parole again?

Convicted of rape in 2017, murder in 2019 and criminal conspiracy in 2021, the religious leader has been granted temporary release from prison for the 9th time

Chief of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda sect, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, is serving a 20-year sentence for rape and a subsequent life term for murder and another for conspiracy to murder at a Rohtak prison. (HT File)
Published on Jan 21, 2024 08:04 PM IST

SEIAA chairperson appointment: Central ministry sends back Haryana’s proposal to appoint retired army officer

Haryana asks environment ministry to allow former IAS officer Srow to continue as SEIAA chairperson till the new appointment. The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) has sent back Haryana government’s recommendation to appoint a retired army officer, Lt Colonel Monish Ahuja as the new chairperson of State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), Haryana.

The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) has sent back Haryana government’s recommendation to appoint a retired army officer, Lt Colonel Monish Ahuja as the new chairperson of State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), Haryana. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 07:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

American Dream: Haryana youngsters queue up big time on the US border

Migration fad is not merely confined to a few districts now but is spreading across and beyond the state, says Sibash Kabiraj, SIT chief. Queues of undocumented migrants arriving from Haryana, particularly from its rice bowl districts of Karnal and Kurukshetra, are getting longer at the southern border of the United States (US).

Some arrive after hopping from one country to another for months, travelling by air and road, while others opt for a more comfortable touchdown at Mexico. But the final destination for each one of them is the United States of America. (AP File Photo/ Representational image)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 07:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Cheating homebuyers: FIRs against Cong MLA’s realty firms transferred to ACB

The FIRs, at least nine, were registered by the Gurugram police between 2021 and 2023 for cheating, forgery, disappearance of evidence and contravention of provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act and conditions of real estate development license. Homebuyers are up in arms, holding protests for more than a year now, against the developer company for failing to deliver possession of houses and harming their investments.

Multiple first information reports (FIRs) registered by Gurugram police against real estate development companies controlled by Congress MLA, Dharam Singh Chhokar have been assigned to the Haryana anti-corruption bureau (ACB) for investigations by the state government. (Bloomberg/ Representational image)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Regularisation of structures on PLPA land: HSVP sectors among 30 odd proposals pending

The exemption for structures built on PLPA-protected land in the form of diversion of land is being sought under the Forest Conservation Act now known as Van (Sanrakshan Evam Samvardhan) Adhiniyam.

There are 6,793 structures at 729 locations in Faridabad’s Anangpur, Ankhir, Lakkarpur and Mewla Maharajpur villages, which came up in contravention of special orders under Section 4 of the PLPA. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 06, 2024 07:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Move to promote HCS officers stoke controversy

The eight officers were arraigned as accused in a chargesheet filed in a court by the anti-corruption bureau

HT Image
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 08:31 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Retd CBI sleuths as investigators :After HC orders: ACB pulls out contractual IOs from anti-graft probe

“Won’t be engaged for independent investigation or enquiry, perform advisory role only, work as consultants/advisor to assist SPs, ” - ACB order

Quoting apex court orders, the ACB in its affidavit said “the re-employment of a retired personnel who was a member of the Indian Police Service (IPS) falls within the executive power of the state. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 09:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Hooda objects to judicial probe into House proceedings against Congress leader

During December 15 sitting, deputy CM Dushyant Chautala had accused former education minister Geeta Bhukkal of sheltering Kartar Singh, the Jind school principal who was arrested recently for allegedly sexually exploiting girl students

Leader of opposition and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said on Monday that assembly proceedings should not be subjected to the scrutiny of the high court. (HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2023 02:04 PM IST

Central ministry asks Haryana governor to ponder over his relation with state child welfare council

The Governor who is the president of HSCCW was made conscious of the CBI probe by the Union ministry of women and child development earlier in March

Central ministry asked Haryana governor to ponder over his relation with state child welfare council. (ht file)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 07:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

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
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