War against Drugs and exposing the nexus of Police with Drug Mafia:
Hemant has used the independent judiciary to expose the nexus of police and enforcement officials with the drug mafia. As a result of Hemant’s action many police officials were found to be involved in the drug trade and thereafter action was initiated against them. A Writ Petition on the subject matter is still pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Fight against the Land Mafia:
Hemant is instrumental in exposing major frauds in the land deals in Chandigarh. The corrupt section of bureaucracy and political agents has unlawfully transferred hundreds of acres of land worth thousands of crores to some big builders and developers. Hemant exposed the nexus and ensured that investigation is initiated against such nefarious activities. Currently a vigilance probe is going on the matter.
Fight against Corruption:
Hemant initiated and launched “Mission Zero Tolerance,” a fight against corruption and for ensuring transparency. The initial results of the Mission are very encouraging and have produced the desired results. Major corruption in many areas have been jointly exposed along with the activists in the Region.
Action for Protecting Civil Rights:
Hemant has been working on many other civil right issues too. One of the core areas of his work is ensuring that the fundamental rights guaranteed to citizens under Chapter III of the Constitution remains protected. Hemant is a voice for protecting the fundamental rights of citizens and has been taking lawful actions to ensure the same. Public education activities, creating public opinion and other awareness activities on civil right issues are also continuously undertaken by Hemant.
Fight to protect Right to Information:
While educating the people on use of RTI and other lawful provisions to eradicate corruption and promote transparency is an ongoing activity. Hemant has also ensured that the Right to Information Act is not diluted /compromised by the corrupt section of the Bureaucracy and Politicians. So when the Government decided to take the file noting out of the purview of the RTI Act, Hemant mobilised people in the region to ensure that the decision is taken back. With similar uproar by activist groups all over the country, the decision was taken back.
To ensure transparency in the office of the office of the Governor-Administrator of Chandigarh, Hemant fought another long and bitter battle. The Governor-Administrator of Chandigarh refused to follow the Right to Information Act. Countering his contentions, Hemant pursued the bitter legal battle to ensure that the office of the Governor-Administrator also starts abiding with the RTI legislation. Favourable orders were secured in July 2008 and thereafter the office of the Governor-Administrator was forced to operate in a transparent manner.
In UT of Chandigarh, Hemant is fighting another battle against the unlawful action of increasing the fee for obtaining information by 500%. Besides the public opinion and action, a Writ Petition is pending in the High Court on the matter.
Hemant found out that many prisoners who were released lawfully on bail by the courts were still detained just because the court officials were not paid bribes. As a result the orders were not sent to the prison on time. Taking example of one such case, where a person remained in prison even after 5 days of being ordered on bail, Hemant moved the high court. As a result the system has been reformed to a large extent. The writ petition on the matter remains pending with the High Court. It is expected that still more reforms will result as a result of this initiative.
Motivating and Directing the Youth:
Hemant is actively involved in many activities directed towards youngsters and children, so as to streamline and direct their energies in positive direction. Many activities, events and training programmes are conducted for such activities. Hemant mentors hundreds of youngsters.