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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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Expedite India’s red notice requests, CBI tells Interpol

The CBI director also raised concerns over Interpol frequently entertaining the pleas of these high-profile economic offenders, who approach it with false claims of being chased by Indian agencies for “political reasons” or about “human rights violation”.

The CBI director also raised concerns over Interpol frequently entertaining the pleas of these high-profile economic offenders.(File photo)
Updated on May 12, 2019 07:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

26 Islamic preachers in Tamil Nadu, Kerala under watch

The officials, both of whom asked not to be named, clarified that there is no case or terror charge against any of these preachers as of now but that “they are being watched”.

An Intelligence Bureau officer, one of the two, said there are 25-26 Islamic preachers who regularly give provocative lectures on religious fundamentalism, hand out jihadi literature, belittle other religions in their speeches and encourage young Muslims to propagate the Sharia law.(PTI/Representative Image)
Updated on May 10, 2019 08:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Tamil Nadu cell may help pin Kerala suspect

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to confront Riyas Aboobacker, arrested last week in connection with Islamic State’s Kasargod module, with members of the Coimbatore module of the terror outfit, said two officials with knowledge of the probe.

NIA suspects Aboobacker was in touch with some members of the Coimbatore module. IS suspects of that module too had said they were inspired by Hashim’s speeches, said the official.(AFP film photo)
Updated on May 09, 2019 08:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

ISIS suspect, with links to Abu Dujana, deported from Doha; to be interrogated by NIA

According to an official, the suspect Faisal, a native of Kerala, had been in regular touch with Aboobacker, who was arrested last week. The latter was allegedly planning suicide attacks in Kerala after being inspired by the mastermind of Sri Lanka bombings.

Agencies suspect that IS members, including Aboobacker, Faisal, Abdulla (in Afghanistan) and others were planning something big in India as well.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose)
Updated on May 08, 2019 09:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi / Thiruvananthapuram | ByNeeraj Chauhan and Ramesh Babu

ED attaches 1.4 crore assets of AAP minister Kailash Gahlot’s brother

The ED said Harish Gahlot had transferred ₹1 crore to Dubai last September as an advance payment to buy two flats. This money was sent by hawala, the informal network to transfer money abroad through Harish Gahlot’s younger son Nitesh, the agency alleged.

Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday attached <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.46 crore assets of the Aam Aadmi Party minister Kailash Gahlot’s brother on money laundering charges.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 07, 2019 02:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Rakesh Asthana case: CBI conducts lie-detector test on complainant and accused

According to a CBI official familiar with the developments, a polygraph test was necessary since the allegations against Rakesh Asthana were serious in nature.

Sathish Sana had filed a case against CBI Special Director Asthana last October(File Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2019 09:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Asthana case: Complainant takes a lie detector test

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted a lie-detector test on the complainant, Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Sathish Babu, and an accused, Somesh Prasad, in the corruption case it filed against the agency’s former special director, Rakesh Asthana, in October last year.

Rakesh Asthana,(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 07, 2019 12:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Rise in hoax bomb calls after Sri Lanka, Pulwama attacks

According to the CISF, which provides security to 61 of the 100 operational airports in the country, about 24 (two dozen) hoax calls are received every year. This year, the number has already crossed 24, the agency said.

Experts say stringent punishment is necessary to check the rising trend of prank calls.(File Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2019 07:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByFaizan Haidar and Neeraj Chauhan

Kerala-based ISIS suspect inspired by Sri Lanka bombing plotter caught: NIA

During the course of the interrogation, the man admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala.

The arrest of Riyas came after NIA received input that a group of four persons had been in touch with some of the accused that is Abdul Rashid, Ashfaq Majeed, Abdul Khayoom etc who had already migrated to Afghanistan and Syria.
Updated on Apr 29, 2019 11:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Bomber involved in Sri Lanka blasts visited India twice in 2017, shows Intel

The April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels killed more than 250 people, including 11 Indian nationals, and injured 500. Fifteen people, including three suicide bombers, died during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on Friday night and nearly 100 people have been detained in the island nation.

TOPSHOT - A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard on a street in Colombo on April 27, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.(AFP photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2019 11:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan and Sudhi Ranjan Sen

After Sri Lanka blasts, drive on to hunt down ‘sleeper cells’ in Kerala and Tamil Nadu

The IS has owned up the terror attacks in the island nation that killed more than 250 people.

Soldiers stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 25, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 08:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

‘Terror group NTJ wanted separate Islamic confederate in Sri Lanka’: Official

The official, however, said the Tamil Nadu-based organisation doesn’t seem to be involved in Sri Lanka attacks but it was in touch with radical elements, an angle which needs to be probed further.

The IS on Tuesday owned up the Easter Sunday bombing in the island nation that killed more than 350 people. The NTJ was led by Maulvi Zahran Bin Hashim, the alleged mastermind of Sunday attacks.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 25, 2019 08:16 AM IST
New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

CBI issues look-out notice against Bhushan steel boss, wife in bank fraud case

On April 6, the CBI had filed a case under the charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy against the company - Bhushan Steel, it’s CMD Sanjay Singhal, Vice Chairman Aarti Singhal, director Ravi Prakash Goyal and others.

Men ride their bicycles in front of the Bhushan Steel plant in Odisha.(Reuters file)
Updated on Apr 24, 2019 07:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

India’s first alert sent to Lanka 17 days before deadly bombing, then 2 more

The last alert was sent hours before the suicide bombers attacked the three churches and four hotels.

India sent as many as three alerts to Sri Lanka, including one on the day of the Easter Sunday attack that left 321 people dead and 500 injured, according to senior intelligence officials.(AFP Photos)
Updated on May 04, 2020 02:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan and Sudhi Ranjan Sen

Interpol takes up India’s red notice on fugitive Zakir Naik

Red notices are requests issued to Interpol’s 194 member states worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest fugitives wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence.

Zakir Naik(HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2019 07:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Second team of NTJ terrorists ready for bombing, Indian officials tell Lanka

India is helping Sri Lanka probe the attacks with “technical and intelligence” support, and Indian security agencies are watching a Tamil Naidu-based cleric, officials said.

The attacks by suicide bombers, which killed 310, had all the hallmarks of the IS that has targeted Christians on their holy days, experts and security officials said.(AFP)
Updated on May 03, 2020 02:34 PM IST
New Delhi | ByShishir Gupta, Neeraj Chauhan and Sudhi Ranjan Sen

Sri Lanka Islamic centre merits probe: Officials

Some of them were converted to Islam at the Zakir Naik-led Islamic Research Foundation at Mumbai; the NIA has arrested Arshi Qureshi and chargesheeted him.

Relatives bury three members of the same family, all died at Easter Sunday bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Monday(AP)
Updated on Apr 23, 2019 09:56 AM IST
New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

CBI set to probe smuggling case from Alok Verma’s tenure as chief

Alok Verma was asked to take over as Director General, Fire Services, but refused to, saying he had already reached the age of retirement in the course of his term at CBI.

The CBI’s move comes three months after Verma was removed as CBI Director by the selection panel in a 2-1 decision on January 10.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 20, 2019 07:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Terrorists using Chinese grenades sent by Pak: Intel

Other than the seizures, a dozen incidents documented in the past 15 months involved either trained terrorists or over-ground workers (OGWs) of terror groups lobbing grenades at patrol parties, bunkers, vehicles or camps of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and other paramilitary forces, Jammu and Kashmir Police, and the army.

According to an internal document accessed by HT, 70 Chinese grenades (64 in 2018 and six so far in 2019) have been seized by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since January 1 last year.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2019 01:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

ED seizes 6-crore assets of Kashmiri businessman who funded Hurriyat

The Enforcement Directorate in a statement said that its probe had also been able to directly establish that the Pakistan high commission was one channel of funding for Kashmiri separatists.

Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali allegedly funnelled money to Hurriyat leaders and stone-throwers,(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 16, 2019 10:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

NIA takes over probe into Punjab RSS leader killing

The NIA took over the investigation after a primary assessment pointed to the involvement of a Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) module in the murder.

The NIA took over the investigation after a primary assessment pointed to the involvement of a Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) module in the murder.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 16, 2019 09:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Maoists eye safer regions to revive ops, says CRPF study

The Communist Party of India ( Maoist), mired in its worst leadership crisis and confronting a slump in its influence in states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha where it once held sway, may shift to safer locations to revive the movement.

CRPF, the leading internal security force of the country, has noticed the Maoists beginning to expand to new areas.(HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2019 11:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

CBI seeks government sanction to prosecute former Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor

CBI officials familiar with the matter said the investigation against Naseem Ahmad is complete, following which a sanction to prosecute him has been sought from the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry. The ministry will forward the request to the President, who is the appointing authority of VCs in central universities.

The agency plans to file a charge sheet against Naseem Ahmad as soon as the prosecution sanction is accorded.(AFP)
Published on Apr 12, 2019 09:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

2 of 3 prisoners in Indian jails are undertrials

A majority (1,192), who either gave birth inside jail or had a small child at the time of commission of the crime, are undertrials. Undertrial female prisoners are caring for 1,409 children inside the jail, suggesting that some women have to take care of more than one child in already overcrowded and poorly kept Indian jails.

The numbers, both of which, analysts say, reflect poorly on the Indian judicial system, are from the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The data is, however, at least two years old; this is the report for 2016.(Arvind Yadav/ HT/ Representative Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2019 12:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Body scanners to replace metal detectors at Indian airports

Body scanners detect objects being carried by a traveller without the need for physical contact such as frisking.

Officials requesting anonymity said the installation of body scanners will counter the threat of smuggling of explosives and other banned articles being taken on board commercial aircraft. Currently, body scanners are used at airports in the US, the UK, Russia and a few other European countries.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 10, 2019 09:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

‘Was asked to help carry out Pulwama bombing’: Jaish commander to cops

This is the first confirmation from a JeM commander that the Pulwama attack was carried out on the orders of the outfit’s leadership, and that Khan was the person who executed it.

Tantray, the brother of slain JeM leader Noor Ahmed Tantray, fled from India on February 1 this year.
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 06:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

A flight booking call gave NIA leads to nab Lashkar-e-Taiba funding head

The agency compared this with telephone intercepts of conversations featuring Kamran that it recovered in the form of a CD from the residence of Arif Ghulambashir Dharampuria, an associate of Kamran, in Valsad, Gujarat, in January.

LeT chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks.(File photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2019 10:15 AM IST
New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Naga rebels supplying arms to Maoists, says NIA probe

The MHA official termed this a “dangerous trend” and said it could derail peace talks between the Naga groups and the Indian government.

This is the first time NIA has come across instances of Nagas providing arms to Maoists, the officials added.(Vipin Kumar/HT File PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 06, 2019 08:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Security of 919 ‘undeserving persons’ withdrawn in J-K, says MHA

The withdrawal of security of these persons has freed 2,768 police personnel and 389 vehicles, which can now be used for election or other useful duties, said an MHA officer, requesting anonymity.

Ranchi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Senior Security Advisor, Ministry of Home Affairs, K Vijay Kumar, during a review meeting on Left Wing Extremism (LWE), in Ranchi on Friday. (PTI Photo) (PTI5_11_2018_000048B)(PTI)
Updated on Apr 05, 2019 10:06 PM IST
New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Rejected immigration appeal buoys agencies in Nirav Modi case

The Vanuatu official has claimed, while doing a background check on Modi, he found out that the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had investigated him in 2015.

A senior immigration officer of Vanuatu has written to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate, confirming he had received a citizenship application from fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in late 2017. Photo By Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Updated on Apr 04, 2019 07:14 AM IST
New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan
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