Kashmir Journalist Bags Ramnath Goenka Award for Investigative Reportage

Muhammad Raafi



Hakeem Irfan
Hakeem Irfan

A Kashmir based journalist was Tuesday awarded a top Indian award for his investigative report on infamous 2G Scam which involved top notch political and business personalities.

Hakeem Irfan, who is a correspondent with Mumbai based the Economic Times, has won Ramnath Goenka Award in ‘Investigative Journalism’ category.

In a story, which Hakeem covered for Mumbai based DNA (Daily News and Analysis) exposed dairies of the then Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief, Ranjeet Sinha.

Speaking to Kashmir Life, soon after the announcement of awards, Hakeem said, “the award is appreciation of hard work.” “It gives satisfaction that ones work is recognized.”

He was a part of ‘special team of Investigative Journalists’ which exposed Ranjeet Sinha.

“The story revealed how the then CBI director was holding closed door meetings with those involved in 2G scam that shook India in April 2012,” he said.

“Supreme Court later took cognizance of the report that was published in DNA and acted against Ranjit Sinha,” Hakeem informed.

The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, instituted by The Express Group in the memory of its founder.


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