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Neeraj Chauhan

Neeraj Chauhan, senior associate editor with the National Political Bureau of Hindustan Times, writes on security, terrorism, corruption, laundering, black money, narcotics, and related policy matters while covering MHA, ED, CBI, NIA, IB, CVC, NHRC, CAG, Income Tax department, etc.

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New criminal laws will be rolled out on July 1

Three new criminal laws to replace British-era IPC, CrPC, and Evidence Act will be enforced from July 1. Changes include electronic FIRs, stricter penalties, and digitization.

Union home minister Amit Shah piloted the bills. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 05:28 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Centre notifies three new criminal laws; to come into force from July 1

The three bills include key changes that deal with offences of terrorism and acts against the state, enable the registration of electronic first information reports, factor in corruption in election processes, and make electronic evidence a form of primary proof

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) notified the new laws through three separate notifications issued late Friday evening (Representative Photo)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 05:29 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

CBI raids places linked to ex-J&K governor Malik

Among others raided include former chairman of the Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited Navin Kumar Chaudhary

CBI raids at former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) governor Satya Pal Malik’s residence in F Block, at Som Vihar in R K Puram, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 06:06 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

ED issues 7th summons to CM Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi excise policy probe

The financial crimes probe agency has so far filed six charge sheets in the excise policy probe against 31 individuals and entities, including former deputy CM Manish Sisodia

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 11:12 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

CBI raids premises linked to ex-J&K governor Satya Pal Malik

Officials said that Malik’s premises were being searched as part of the probe, which has been going on in the case since April 2022

Former Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik. (X)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 10:53 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

ED to issue fresh summon to Delhi CM Kejriwal in excise policy case

The agency officials added that a Delhi court has, on Saturday, prime facie, held Kejriwal guilty of disobeying ED’s summon and that he has got exemption from physical appearance at court, not ED

The ED moved the Rouse Avenue court with a complaint over Kejriwal skipping its summons. (PTI photo)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 02:11 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Olympian MC Mary Kom’s boxing foundation gets five-year FCRA licence

MKRBF, founded by ace boxer Mary Kom in 2005, gives priority to the less privileged communities from remote and economically backward backgrounds in Manipur, providing them a platform to develop their skills in boxing, its website claims

Mary Kom’s NGO was probed for almost six years for possible violation of the foreign funding law. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 08:00 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

ED summons Mahua on Feb 19 in FEMA violation case

On December 8, Moitra was expelled from the Lok Sabha on the recommendation of the ethics committee of the House

Mahua Moitra (49), who was expelled from the Lok Sabha in December last year (PTI)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 06:40 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

After Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, ED scanner on illegal mining in Bihar

last week attached properties belonging to several accused persons including a politician worth over ₹50 crore in two money laundering cases pertaining to illegal sand mining and sale

In the past eight months alone, ED has established that illegal sand mining has caused revenue loss worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>400 crore to the Bihar government. (File)
Published on Feb 11, 2024 07:48 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Aryan Khan case: Sameer Wankhede faces money laundering charges by ED

Sameer Wankhede is accused of demanding ₹25 crore bribe from actor Shah Rukh Khan for not framing his son Aryan Khan in a drug case in October 2021.

Former NCB Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede.(ANI file)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 11:25 AM IST

Centre should assess if talks with Pakistan can resume, says House panel

The recommendation of panel comes two days before Pakistan’s general elections, with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leading the race. Sharif has advocated for good relations with India, praising the country’s progress.

The home ministry told the panel that the Indian government had raised the issue of cross-border terrorism sponsored from across the border with the government of Pakistan, when the two countries were talking. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 09:24 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

ED raids Kejriwal’s secy, AAP MP in Jal Board case

Kejriwal in a post on X said ED did not find “a single paisa, any jewellery or property of any kind, or any papers” in Tuesday’s raids

Security personnel outside AAP Rajya Sabha MP ND Gupta’s house on Tuesday. (Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 07:48 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

1643 km Indo-Myanmar border to be fenced, a patrol track to be built: Amit Shah

The Indian government has announced plans to fence the entire 1,643 km long Indo-Myanmar border, effectively ending the free movement regime between the two countries. The move aims to enhance surveillance and curb insurgencies, smuggling, and the drug trade in the region. The border currently has a free movement regime that allows people on both sides to venture 16 km into each other's territory without any documents. The decision to end the regime comes after an assessment by central intelligence and security agencies. No deadline for completing the fencing has been set yet.

Union home minister Amit Shah first announced the withdrawal of the free movement regime with Myanmar during a visit to Assam in January. (Twitter/@AmitShah)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 08:23 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Assess if situation conducive to resume high-level talks with Pakistan: Parl Panel

There has been no high-level interaction between New Delhi and Islamabad in the last three years, particularly in wake of February 2019 Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed

The recommendation of panel comes two days before Pakistan goes for general elections. (Reuters file photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 09:10 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

ED conducts raids on AAP MP ND Gupta and Arvind Kejriwal’s secretary

The agency had, on January 31, arrested Jagdish Kumar Arora (ex-chief engineer of DJB) and Anil Kumar Aggarwal (a businessman) in the case under the Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA)

ED initiated investigations in the case on the basis of an FIR (first information report) registered by CBI. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 10:03 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Hemant Soren illegally acquired 12 land parcels in Ranchi: ED tells court

The federal agency made the claim while producing Soren before a special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court in Ranchi

Outgoing Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren being taken by Enforcement Directorate officials for the summons in an alleged land scam at the ED court, in Ranchi on Thursday (ANI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 08:27 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Hemant Soren arrested by ED in land scam money laundering probe

The development comes two days after an elaborate set-up by the federal agency in its attempt to nab the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader in Delhi

Hemant Soren shows a thumbs up as he reaches Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation to State Governor CP Radhakrishnan, in Ranchi on Wednesday.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 10:27 PM IST

ED issues 5th summon to CM Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi excise policy case

Kejriwal skipped the earlier summons on November 2, December 22, and on January 3 and January 18, calling the probe “illegal and politically motivated”

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 03:21 PM IST

Land-for-jobs scam: Lalu, kin ‘consolidated’ their land, says ED charge sheet

The charge sheet filed by ED states that seven land parcels in Patna were transferred to Lalu's wife and daughter by the family members of the job candidates.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Amid ED searches, Soren took 1,300km road trip to Ranchi

Chief minister Hemant Soren reached Ranchi in the early hours of Tuesday and later, held a meeting of MLAs to discuss the present political situation

In Ranchi, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren leaves for Jharkhand UPA's meeting amid ongoing political crisis on Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 05:45 AM IST

‘Where is Hemant Soren’ row as ED visits Jharkhand CM's Delhi home

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren was not at home when Enforcement Directorate officials arrived at his Delhi residence for questioning.

Police personnel and ED officials outside Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren’s house in New Delhi on Monday. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 05:21 AM IST
By, New Delhi

MHA extends ban on SIMI for further five years

SIMI was first banned in September 2001 and since then the ban has been extended on it by the government

Union home minister Amit Shah announced the decision on X (formerly Twitter). (Amit Shah | Facebook)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 05:03 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Republic Day 2024: Top Padma honour for Venkaiah Naidu, Chiranjeevi

For 2024, the President approved 132 Padma awards, including 17 Padma Bhushan honours, and 110 Padma Shri awards.

Former vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu is among personalities who have been honoured with Padma Vibhushan. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 03:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

R-Day: Amit Shah meets Sarpanchs from Vibrant Villages near China border

The Sarpanchs of Vibrant Villages near China border have been called to Delhi to attend the Republic Day celebrations as special guests

Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah. (Amit Shah/X)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 08:51 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

Cash-for-query case: CBI summons Dehadrai to join probe into case against Moitra

Lawyer Jai Anant Dehadrai has accused Mahua Moitra of accepting money and favours to ask questions in Parliament during her term as Lok Sabha MP.

Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra (ANI)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 02:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi

CBI asks Jai Anant Dehadrai to join probe in Mahua Moitra enquiry

According to the notice sent by CBI’s anti-corruption-3 unit on Monday, seen by HT, Dehadrai has been asked to join the probe team on January 25

The agency’s probe in the alleged “cash-for-query” matter is based on the recommendation of the Lokpal. (HT file photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 01:42 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

ED summons BRS leader K Kavitha for the second time in Delhi liquor policy case

The Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to K Kavitha, leader of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, to appear for questioning regarding alleged kickbacks to AAP leaders. Kavitha's role in influencing the Delhi excise policy and her association with the Indospirits Group will be investigated.

K Kavitha, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader and daughter of former Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. (File photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 08:02 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan

NIA starts probe into grenade attack in Assam

Last month, the Centre and Assam government signed a peace accord with the pro-talks faction of ULFA led by Arabinda Rajkhowa in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah

The agency will look for common links in the three incidents since ULFA-I has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the officials said (PTI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 07:02 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal summoned for fourth time by ED, asked to appear on January 18

In his response to the ED’s third summons, Arvind Kejriwal had said he was ready to cooperate but that the agency’s intention was to arrest him.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (PTI)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 09:11 AM IST

Set up joint task forces in NE, PM Modi instructs security forces

Apart from the JTFs, illegal immigration and drugs smuggling activities at the Indo-Myanmar border, there was discussion on China’s activities as well.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the government officials to visit the last border villages so that the local population feels safe (ANI)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 02:30 AM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi
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