ED summons Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in money laundering case
19 August, 2023 | Shubhi
Soren has been invited by the ED to join the inquiry concerning the alleged money laundering incident on August 24.
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren receives summons from Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, according to agency sources on Saturday. Soren has been invited by the ED to join the inquiry concerning the alleged money laundering incident on August 24.
Previously, on August 14, Soren was called by the ED regarding a suspected land scam case. Nonetheless, he declined to engage in the central agency’s inquiry, citing his involvement in state Independence Day preparations.
“Your choice of the date of 14th August does not come as a surprise to the undersigned (Hemant Soren). You and your political masters are fully aware that being the Chief Minister of the state of Jharkhand, the undersigned is scheduled to hoist the national flag on the occasion of the 77th independence day of the Republic of India on 15th August 2023,” Soren wrote in his letter.
“Preparations for the Independence Day function start from a week before and 14th August is an important day for the same when many meetings are pre-scheduled. The caption summons requiring the undersigned to appear before you on 14 August 2023, is deliberate and part of the design to besmirch the reputation not only of the undersigned but also the democratically elected government of the state of Jharkhand and the people of the state of Jharkhand,” the chief minister said.
Hemant Soren additionally expressed that he was being singled out by federal bodies due to his lack of alignment with the central administration.
The CM also noted that he submitted his movable and immovable asset information to the CBI as part of a probe initiated by Lokpal concerning his father Shibu Soren in 2020. The ED might acquire this data through the CBI.
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