Harish Khare, the editor-in-chief of The Tribune, resigned from his post on Thursday. His term was to end in May this year.
Khare announced his resignation during a Thursday’s morning meeting with The Tribune’s senior staff members, ThePrint said. The daily’s Delhi bureau head, KV Prasad, will take over as the officiating editor.
In October 2017, Khare had offered to resign in protest after The Tribune published an apology to former Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for its reports about his alleged links with drug lords. Earlier on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader for alleging that the former Punjab minister was involved in the drug trade in Punjab.
Earlier this year, The Tribune made headlines when it published a report saying that anonymous sellers, operating through messaging service WhatsApp, were allegedly providing access to details of the more than 1 billion Aadhaar holders. The Unique Identification Authority of India filed a complaint against the daily, naming the reporter, but Khare did not back down.
Khare, who was the media advisor to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh between 2009 and 2012, had joined The Tribune in June 2015 as its editor-in-chief.