articles by Shalini Singh

India

After first FIR in National Herald land deal in Panchkula in 2016, ED set to take possession of AJL land worth Rs 64 cr

The National Herald case's FIR, which reads like a synopsis of Firstpost's December expose translated in Hindi, alleges abuse of power in land allocation.

India

2G scam judgment: What was the scam? Detailed account of modus operandi of India's biggest corruption scandal

Raja sold licenses/2G spectrum to a handful of arbitrarily selected (120 out of 575) companies in January 2008 at a bargain basement 2001 price. In doing so, he not only violated the law, committed several improprieties, but caused a loss to the exchequer of at least Rs 40,000 crore.

India

2G spectrum scam judgment: Why it’s a lie that UPA government followed the NDA in 2G licence applications

While trying to defend itself, the UPA government often used to say back then that they just followed the first-come-first-served (FCFS) policy set by the Atal Bihari Vajpaee government in 2003.

India

2G scam judgment: Reporter who broke scam explains how A Raja pulled it off as Manmohan blinked

A Raja took over as Telecom Minister in May, 2007. At the time, I was assigned the telecom beat, in addition to several other ministry beats. Inadvertently, through the coverage of routine telecom events, the modus operandi of a scandal so massive, it would go on to rock the nation and de-stabilise the political fortunes of the ruling UPA government, began to unfold.

India

Prevention of Corruption Act: Watered down version will make scamsters look like saints

The government's decision to allow the Prevention of Corruption Bill, a ludicrously watered down version, casts a shadow on its real intent and long term vision on reigning in corruption

Politics

Arvind Kejriwal, Narendra Modi and the truth about Delhi IAS transfers

Delhi government officials say there is no question of the Central government paralysing the administration since there are many equally, if not more talented, IAS officials who have moved to Delhi from Andaman but are sitting idle for want of Kejriwal giving them a posting.

Politics

Vadra-Hooda land deals: Bribe charge against Justice Dhingra is silly

The Congress has played out its hand with Robert Vadra and former Haryana Chief Minister B. S Hooda using the impending Justice SN Dhingra Commission report to present themselves and the Congress Party, as victims of persecution and vendetta.

Politics

What Justice Dhingra took from BJP to fix Robert Vadra, Hooda: Village road!

The Congress’ three-pronged attack includes playing political victim, alleging the constitution of the Commission to be illegal while additionally going so far as to accuse Justice Dhingra himself of seeking and becoming a beneficiary of the states’ largesse.

India

Haryana Jat quota stir: SIT report finds no proof of gangrapes in Murthal

The report of the Special Investigation Team of the Haryana government submitted in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the alleged gang rapes in Murthal presents no evidence to suggest any instances of sexual violence was perpetrated during the violent quota agitation.

Politics

Robert Vadra matters to Congress, but why is BJP gentle with him?

Indicative of his clout, Robert Vadra continues to roam free in 2016, undaunted by the “powerful”, Narendra Modi-led NDA regime, which has forced even corporate bigwigs like Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi to flee the country in order to avoid investigation and possible incarceration.

Politics

Hooda’s land largesse for pvt builder ‘clear fraud’, SC restores it to HUDA

A landmark Supreme Court judgement has given huge relief to farmers/landowners, while quashing the “illegal” and “deceptive” licensing of 280 acres of land in Rohtak, Haryana in 2006 to Uddar Gaggan Properties Ltd, and turning these over to HUDA.

Business

NDA’s Black Money Act creates more Vijay Mallyas, is soft on tax officials

The black money law is distressingly myopic about two key players in the generation of black money, especially those parked overseas — the taxman (assessing officer/AO) and the tax consultants (charted accountants)

Politics

How Hooda took a page from Raja’s book to benefit his chosen builders

During his roughly 10-year stint as chief minister, Hooda came out with as many as three master plans for Gurgaon — 2021, 2025 and 2031

India

Trial of Naveen Jindal, Dasari Narayana Rao only proves CBI isn't doing enough in coal scam

The reason for this pessimism is on account of the fact that, just like in the allocation of coal blocks, the CBI investigation is proceeding in a highly selective manner.

India

Haryana government passes reservation bill in Vidhan Sabha: Here's what's in it for the Jats

The Haryana government has detailed its formula for reservation for Jats in a Bill which will be passed in the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday

India

Jat quota riots: Police reports say 95% of damages suffered is from Hooda’s strongholds of Rohtak, Sonepat, Jajjhar. What’s the story?

Rohtak becoming a special target during the violent Jat agitation is curious, as both Hooda and Khattar belong to Rohtak

India

Jat quota riots: Haryana govt likely to present affidavits, police report on Murthal rapes

The Haryana government, represented by two of its top officials, is likely to present two affidavits — including one on the Murthal gangrapes — along with a detailed police report in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday.

India

Murthal gangrape issue: Police says no sexual assault took place during Jat quota stir

SP Sonepat, has taken pains to submit a detailed report to DGP, Haryana on the alleged gang-rape of at least 10 women by goons in Murthal.

India

Jat quota riots: Ex-Hooda aide Virender booked for sedition; here's what the FIR says

The move follows an expose first on Twitter on 20 February, 2016, and through a Firstpost article pointing to Hooda’s role in the Jat quota stir.