ED summons Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in money laundering case

The ED had earlier arrested his political aide Pankaj Mishra and two others in this case

November 02, 2022 09:12 am | Updated 10:06 am IST - New Delhi

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.

The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren for recording his statement in connection with an illegal mining case on Thursday.

The agency has asked Mr. Soren to appear before the investigating team in Ranchi.

In the same case, the ED had earlier arrested three accused persons, including Mr. Soren’s political representative Pankaj Mishra.

The money laundering probe was initiated based on a First Information Report registered at the Barharwa police station in Jharkhand’s Sahibganj against Mr. Mishra and others. More cases alleging illegal mining later came under its purview. The agency claims to have detected proceeds of alleged crime worth over ₹100 crore so far.

The ED has seized ₹5.34 crore in cash, ₹13.32 crore lying in 50 bank accounts, and one inland vessel worth ₹30 crore, apart from several stone crushers and trucks.

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