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Friday, May 27, 2022

Abhishek Angad


Abhishek Angad reports from Jharkhand for The Indian Express

National Games scam: CBI conducts searches at house of Jharkhand ex-minister, others
Fri, May 27, 2022

Searches were conducted in Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Godda, and areas of Bihar and Delhi.

Jharkhand: CM Soren digs in, plans CCTVs, special drives to check illegal mining
Thu, May 26, 2022

The Soren government is under fire from Opposition BJP on illegalities in mining, among other issues.

The Colour Pupil: Jharkhand govt schools now in ‘JMM shades’, BJP sees red
Tue, May 24, 2022

35,000 schools to be painted in green and white; with 60,000 teacher posts vacant, BJP says focus should be on quality education.

Jharkhand HC poser to govt: Can person accused of corruption file affidavit on behalf of State?
Fri, May 20, 2022

CJ Ravi Ranjan asked the Advocate General how an accused was allowed to serve an affidavit on behalf of the State, and that too in a “sensitive matter”. To this, AG Rajiv Ranjan replied that the trial against DC Chhavi Ranjan was still on and that he was out on bail. However, the court went on to rebuke the State

Fodder scam: One more case pending against Lalu Prasad, RJD says it won’t be cowed down
Fri, May 20, 2022

RJD spokesperson Mrityunjay Tewari said the “BJP had been targetting it" because the party continued to remain a "formidable political force”.

Probe by Jharkhand govt would be a farce: SG Tushar Mehta
Fri, May 20, 2022

The issue came up when the bench of Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad was hearing three PILs related to the 2010 MGNREGA scam, allotment of mining lease and alleged use of shell companies for money laundering.

Papers seized from IAS officer Pooja Singhal link higher-ups: SG Tushar Mehta
Thu, May 19, 2022

The submission was made on May 17 in the High Court, however, the detailed order was made available on Wednesday.

Jharkhand writes to Centre for welfare of people hired by BRO
Sun, May 15, 2022

In the last two years, this is the third missive from Jharkhand government, urging the BRO to get a better deal for its workers who face “exploitative working conditions” in high-altitude areas.

Diversion of MGNREGA funds: Most of seized Rs 19-crore cash belong to IAS officer, CA tells ED
Fri, May 13, 2022

The ED’s action comes at a time when Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren is under the scanner for allegedly allotting a mine on lease to himself, and an industrial plot to his wife.

Newsmaker | Go-getter with an ‘eye for detail’: Jharkhand mining secretary in ED net
Fri, May 13, 2022

IAS officer Pooja Singhal’s arrest and suspension come at a time when CM Hemant Soren is also under the scanner.

ED arrests Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal in money laundering case
Thu, May 12, 2022

The 2000-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer has been taken into ED custody under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Mines to mines… so ran the Sorens
Wed, May 11, 2022

Shibu Soren’s fight to free tribal land from the mining mafia made him the leader he was. Now sons Hemant and Basant may have dug themselves into a hole over mining leases.

IndiGo ‘denies’ boarding to child with special needs
Mon, May 09, 2022

The incident was brought to light in a Facebook post by a passenger at the airport who was waiting to board another flight. The author of the post, Manisha Gupta, told The Indian Express that the IndiGo staff “did not show any compassion”.

ED raids: JMM, BJP trade barbs
Sun, May 08, 2022

Raids were conducted on Friday at 18 locations in four states, including premises linked to state Mining Secretary Singhal, as part of ED's probe in a case of money laundering involving alleged diversion of MGNREGA funds between 2006 and 2010 in Khunti district.

Mine lease row: PIL seeking to ‘destabilise govt’, Jharkhand CM tells HC
Sat, May 07, 2022

Petition filed out of personal animosity, at behest of political rivals, says Hemant Soren

ED raids places linked to IAS Pooja Singhal; Rs 18 crore in CA house
Sat, May 07, 2022

Though the ED case is an old one, the raids come at a time when Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren is facing allegations of corruption for allotting a mining lease to himself and an industrial plot to his wife.

Newsmaker | Saryu Roy, the Independent Jharkhand MLA and politician-activist who loves a good fight
Fri, May 06, 2022

Saryu Roy recently alleged that the Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta had disbursed Covid incentives equivalent to a month’s basic salary to 60 employees, including himself.

Explained: Issues in Hemant Soren’s mining lease-to-himself controversy in Jharkhand
Wed, May 04, 2022

Former Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das released a set of documents accusing Soren of "misusing his post" to get "in-principle approval" for a stone quarrying lease in his name in Ranchi district last year.

Jharkhand commercial tax mop-up jumps 26% in FY22
Mon, May 02, 2022

The previous biggest jump in fiscal comparisons happened over FY 18 to FY19 -- an increase of 18.4 percent.

DMFT fund audit in Jharkhand’s six districts flag ‘gross misuse’
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

The audit was conducted by the Jharkhand's Principal Auditor General (PAG) in six districts, where a sum of about Rs 3,000 crore was collected as DMFT fund between 2015 and 2021. The audit was conducted between December 2020 and April 2022.

State of the power crunch
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

From the heat wave to depleted capacity, and technical snags to coal shortage, states are facing multiple problems in meeting increased demand for power. A look at the situation in some:

JMM, Congress target former CM Raghubar Das day after he accused Soren of nepotism
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said: “It (land allotment to Kalpana Soren) was an open process that was duly advertised. Many people participated. Targeting CM's wife is not fair.”

Jharkhand: Ex-CM Das alleges Hemant Soren got land allotted in wife’s name
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

In a press conference, Das said: “Hemant Soren’s wife Kalpana Soren has been given 11 acres of land in an industrial area in Ranchi. This is at a time when Soren is currently the Industries Minister and he has used his position to get his wife the land. He is supposed to give answers.”

Hemant Soren battles an image problem — perception of rising corruption
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

Jharkhand CM’s political capital believed to have been eroded by a disproportionate assets case against his family, a Lokpal inquiry, and a petition against a mining lease he acquired last year.

EC seeks from Jharkhand govt documents on mining lease granted to CM Soren
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

In its April 8 letter to Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, the ECI asked for copy of the application, lease deed, minor mineral concession rules, lease agreement and all annexures to the documents.