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Khare was at the centre of the storm when the newspaper reported on the easy access to Aadhaar data, as well as the public apology to Bikram Singh Majithia.

Chandigarh: Harish Khare, editor-in-chief of The Tribune, announced his resignation from the trust-run newspaper Thursday. He was appointed in April 2015 and joined the newspaper in June that year.

His term was to end in May this year. He was formerly the media adviser to previous Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Khare made the announcement during Thursday’s morning meeting with senior members of The Tribune staff. K.V. Prasad, head of the Delhi bureau of The Tribune is expected to take over as officiating editor, ThePrint has learnt.

The Tribune Trust is headed by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra.

Earlier this year, The Tribune under Khare made headlines after an investigative report from Jalandhar showed how easy it was to access Aadhaar data.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) denied the possibility and lodged an FIR, which named the reporter and the newspaper, in connection with alleged leak of the data. Khare stood his ground and backed the report.

On 29 October 2017, after The Tribune published an apology to former Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia for publishing two reports about his alleged links with drug lords, Khare had offered to quit in protest against the apology being reportedly forced upon him.

Facing a defamation case filed by Majithia, The Tribune had published a three column apology on its front page, which said Majithia was not involved in any drug trade and all allegations against him were unsubstantiated and incorrect.

However, instead of Khare, the then-president of The Tribune Trust, Justice (retd) S.S. Sodhi was asked to step down and replaced with Vohra. The apology to Majithia, however, was not withdrawn.

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  1. It is surprising that when The Print had the option of not publishing a story and thus not betraying its cowardice in the domain of reporting about media, it chose to put out this insipid stuff. It is difficult to beat Tribune when it comes to boring journalism but some of Print’s reporters make a valiant effort. Keep it up…I’m already yawning…need to catch some sleep.

  2. Dr. Harish Khare is a principled and upright intellectual who takes a minutely insightful as well as a long range perspective view of things. His professional work-ethic and commitment to independent journalism, has always been non-negotiable. It is no surprise at all he has resigned rather than bowed deep, bending a knee in submission.

  3. Well. It is sad that an editor was forced to publish an apology by the Board. But, for me, the experience of working with him, was NOT very pleasant. Khare’s stint as the then PM’s press advisor was also evidence of his claim to Independence was in doubt. In any case, I may be alone in saying this now. But do not mind being called names for that

    • You are not alone.
      Good riddance! Anti Punjab, Anti Sikh and non Punjabi editor who viewed world from a tunnelled vision of being a Manmohan Singh chamcha(sycophant). Now the Tribune will be more readable as usual.
      More over Reporter was NOT named in FIR. What a stupid piece of report is this by The Print?

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