articles by Raman Kirpal

Politics

Badal Inc: Punjab CM's family wealth knows no limit

In just five years, the extended family of Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal has grown its wealth enormously. Did the family use its poiltical clout to further its business prospects?

Business

Rs 630 cr penalty: How DLF duped home buyers with false promises

Labelling DLF's contracts with home buyers as "blatantly unfair, even exploitative," the CCI's observations in a complaint filed by apartment owners in Belaire project in Gurgaon amount to stinging rebuke

Politics

Damning FIR: CBI says Dayanidhi Maran got Rs 550 cr in Aircel-Maxis deal

The CBI's FIR states that Sun TV was overvalued and thereby kicked off a series of events that led to Maran walking away with a cool Rs 550 crore.

India

Tehelka business: Murky deals, profits for Tejpal family, Shoma

Firstpost investigations reveal that many investor companies were 'briefcase’ companies, used only for parking funds from unknown destinations.

Politics

Here are smoke signals that PM and Sonia have fallen out

Would the CBI go out of its way to put the PM in a spot when it comes directly comes under him? Or is the CBI being driven by forces more powerful than the PM?

Politics

What's holding up Telangana: MPs' business interests

MPs cutting across party lines have business interests and multi-crore contracts in the Telangana region, which could be lost if a separate state is formed.

Politics

Will Chandrababu’s Modi move queer Jagan’s political pitch?

Jagan has his back to the wall with CBI putting up strong charges against him. Each charge against him attract a five-year of jail term.

India

Jalayagnam: Ramalinga Raju's Maytas got huge YSR largesse

Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju got away with huge projects from YSR's Jalayagnam project through Maytas.

Politics

Muzaffarnagar riots: How BJP, SP and BSP fanned the flames

A sustained hate campaign continued for days, even as political leaders in power in Lucknow watched silently, in the build-up to the Muzaffarnagar violence. All political parties feasted on the circumstances.

Politics

Muzaffarnagar: Looking for the 'missing' at Shahpur police station

When the curfew was lifted for a longer stretch of time on Thursday, the hunt began for missing family members. About 35 persons have thus far been reported missing, but that number is likely to rise, as the police wait the stipulated 48 hours before registering missing person cases.

India

Andhra's mother of all scams: Why Jalayagnam = Coalgate

Missing JV partners, massive cornering of projects, the Andhra Pradesh Jalayagnam scam is now beginning to rival Coalgate and 2G for its brazenness

Breaking Views

Jalayagnam scam: Who gained from YSR’s largesse

Andhra's politician-contractors bagged the lion's share of the Rs 90,000 crore Jalayagman project. But they are far from delivering what they promised even as money was spent like water.

India

Jalayagnam: YSR’s Rs 90,000 crore let’s-all-loot scam

The Rs 90,000 crore YSR scheme to tap flood waters to serve the parched regions of Telangana and Rayalaseema is a dud. But politicians have milked it for money like never before.

India

Bansal's secy gets PMO nod for foreign trip, no vigilance check

The PMO has cleared a nearly two-month foreign training trip for Pawan Bansal's private secretary, who has been questioned twice in connection with the bribery scandal

IPL

Follow the transcript: Sreesanth and the 20-20 arrangement

Transcripts available with Firstpost reveal a story of sleaze, sex and outright greed.

IPL

'Two more Rajasthan Royals players under scanner for IPL 5'

The match in question was the match played between the Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils on 29 April last year at the Ferozshah Kotla in which the former lost.

India

Bansal or Mamata, top rail job postings reek of irregularities

Pawan Bansal, of course, ran a family employment agency in the railways, but posting have been irregular even in Mamata Banerjee's time

Politics

Link between Bansal and railway bribery scam gets stronger

A key fact linking Pawan Bansal to the bribery scam is that he superseded a more senior officer to give Mahesh Kumar the job in the Railway Board.

Politics

SC questions Ambani security, but what about Vadra, Vajpayee or Sonia?

Barring people holding constitutional posts, most of our VVIPs should be asked to pay for their own security or get their parties to pay for them.

Business

Why PM's 2G credibility ultimately depends on Raja

The irony of the 2G scam is this: the more Congress wants to distance itself from A Raja to save the PM, the more credibility it loses.