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Jharkhand: Will Kaplana Soren take over as CM from husband Hemant?

An Enforcement Directorate team visited the Delhi residence of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren to question him in connection with a money laundering investigation and camped there for over 13 hours during which they searched the premises.

Edited By: Nivedita Dash @Nivedita0503 Ranchi Updated on: January 30, 2024 17:04 IST
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren
Image Source : PTI Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday chaired a meeting of ruling alliance MLAs to discuss strategies regarding the current political situation, and the Enforcement Directorate's proposed questioning of the CM on Wednesday. However, as the meeting remained inconclusive, the CM is expected to meet at 7 PM today. If sources are to be believed, Jharkhand is expected to see a Bihar re-run as reports suggest that Hemant Soren may resign as CM and pave way for his wife Kalpana.

In a presser that was held just after the meeting, JMM General Secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said, " Hemant Soren is neither a Ajit Pawar, nor a Nitish Kumar or a Himanta Biswa Sarma who would switch sides... he is the son of veer Sibu Soren who will fight for his right." Bhattacharya said, "I told you yesterday that CM has gone to Delhi for his personal reasons and would return after his work is done. He is not just a CM but an institution. He is a prime institution of the state. The statements made by the BJP are completely applicable to CrPC 499, which means defamation...We will soon register the criminal case against the president and MP of the main opposition party..."

 "...When ED was called on January 31 on whose instructions did the ED go to his house in Delhi? It is being said that 36 lakh were recovered. Is someone authorised to enter one's house in his absence?... He is being treated like a criminal. Hemant Soren is not Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ajit Pawar or Nitish Kumar. He is the son of brave Shibu Soren..." Bhattacharya said.

In an email sent to the ED, Hemant Soren has agreed to record his statement on January 31 at 1 pm at his residence. The federal agency searched the 5/1 Shanti Niketan residence of the JMM leader in south Delhi on Monday, and camped there for almost 13 hours in order to question him in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land deal in Jharkhand, officials said. The ED has seized Rs 36 lakh, an SUV and some "incriminating" documents from Soren's Delhi house, they said.

The ED questioned Soren at his official residence in Ranchi on January 20 in the case and issued a fresh summons to him asking him to confirm his availability for questioning on either January 29 or January 31, the official sources said, adding Soren had sent a communication to the agency but had not confirmed the date and time for questioning.

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