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ED summons Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren for questioning in money laundering case

This is the sixth notice issued to Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, but he never deposed as he filed a petition before the Supreme Court and later the Jharkhand High Court seeking protection from the ED action and terming the summons as "unwarranted".

Arushi Jaiswal Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Ranchi Published on: December 11, 2023 16:43 IST
Hemant Soren, ED
Image Source : PTI Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren

Money laundering case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a fresh summons to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren for questioning in a money-laundering case related to an alleged land scam on Tuesday (December 12), according to official sources.

Soren, 48, has been summoned to appear at the regional office of the Enforcement Directorate in the Hinoo area in Ranchi for recording his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), according to official sources on Monday. The summons for the chief minister is for December 12, the sources said.

6th notice to Hemant Soren

This is the sixth notice from the Enforcement Directorate, but he has not appeared for questioning. He filed petitions in the Supreme Court and later in the Jharkhand High Court seeking protection from ED action, terming the summons as "unwarranted". However, both the courts had dismissed his petition.

Soren, a leader of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), asserted in the high court that the summons were issued against him with "malice," and false allegations were made with the sole intention of creating political uncertainty and unrest in the state.

The summons was issued to him for August 14. The probe pertains to the ED alleging that a "huge racket of illegal change of ownership of land by mafia was going on in Jharkhand".

ED arrested 14 people

The Enforcement Directorate has arrested 14 people in connection with the case, including Chhavi Ranjan, a 2011-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who had previously served as the director of the state social welfare department and deputy commissioner of Ranchi.

Soren was questioned by the ED in November last year in another money-laundering case linked to alleged illegal mining in the state.

(With PTI inputs)

Also Read: Hemant Soren writes to PM Modi, seeks recognition of 'Sarna' religious code for tribals

Also Read: Jharkhand land scam: ED issues fifth summon to CM Soren on October 4, say sources

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