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ED summons Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren for seventh time in money laundering case

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The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren for questioning in connection with an alleged land scam, sources said on Saturday.

CM Soren has been asked to depose at the federal agency’s office in Delhi and get his statement recorded on a date convenient to him and the agency in the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 money, the sources said.

Notably, this is the seventh time that CM Soren has received a summons from the agency.

“ED has issued seventh summons to CM Hemant Soren under Section 50 of the PMLA asking him to record his statement at the place, date and time convenient to him and the agency in an ongoing land scam,” the sources said.

Earlier on December 12, CM Soren was asked to appear before the agency for questioning, but the chief minister skipped the proceedings.

The BJP had earlier criticized the Jharkhand CM for continuously ignoring summons. Soren had been summoned by the ED earlier in mid-August in connection with a land “scam” case. However, the CM ignored the summons, saying he was busy with the state’s Independence Day celebrations. He was asked again to appear on August 24 and September 9, but he skipped the dates, citing concerns.

The agency then issued its fourth summons to the Jharkhand CM, asking him to report to the agency on September 23. The CM had earlier threatened to initiate legal action against the Center if it did not withdraw the summons issued against it.

In his letter to the agency, Soren said he had provided all necessary documents and information to the CEO.

He wrote that if the CEO needed information, he could refer to documents he had already shared with the agency.

However, he claimed that the ED had summoned him on August 14 at the request of his “political masters”.

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