2 Nov 2022

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren's problems may increase as ED sends him summons

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren's troubles are set to increase. CM has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the illegal mining and money laundering case. The ED has summoned Hemant Soren for questioning on November 3 at 11.30 am. 

The ED has been involved in the investigation for a long time in the money laundering case. Along with sending summons to the CM, the ED has written a letter to the Jharkhand DGP in this regard requesting to make special arrangements for security in the ED office on November 3.

ED in possession of important evidence: If the sources are to be believed, then during the raid on the residence of MLA representative of CM Pankaj Mishra in Sahebganj, important evidences have been found. Sources say that a cheque book linked to the CM's bank account was found. It is said the CM's signature is on two cheques. 

During the raid at the residence of Prem Prakash, a close aide of the CM, the ED had recovered two AK 47 rifles and 60 rounds. The seized weapons belonged to those 2 constables who were posted in the security of the Chief Minister's residence.

Pankaj Mishra was in contact with officers: It is said that Pankaj Mishra was in contact with many senior officers. In the investigation, the ED has found strong evidence that Pankaj Mishra used to threaten officials for help by taking the name of CM Soren.

On July 19, Pankaj Mishra was arrested on charges of illegal mining and money laundering. Since the arrest, there were speculations that the CM would also come under the scanner. Pankaj Mishra is facing charges of money laundering of Rs 42 crore through illegal mining. The ED had told that illegal mining of more than one thousand crore rupees has taken place in the state. Many senior officials are involved in this case.

ED action picks up pace: Many people were arrested in the money laundering and illegal mining case in Jharkhand. In which traders and big government officials are also included. If sources are to be believed, many people are still under the scanner. On May 6, 2022, the ED had raided at least 25 locations of Mines and Industries Secretary Pooja Singhal and others. Many IAS officers are believed to be under scanner.

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