Money Laundering Case: Ex-Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren Faces 3 More Days In Judicial Custody

Hemant Soren's legal entanglement began with his arrest on January 31, following an intense seven-hour interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate regarding his alleged ownership of a piece of land. The subsequent remand marked the latest chapter in an ongoing confrontation between Soren and the investigative agency, characterized by the ED's search of his Delhi residence and his party's vocal criticism, accusing the agency of "maligning" his image. The investigation revolves around an alleged "huge racket of illegal change of ownership of land by the mafia" in Jharkhand.
Ex-Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

Ex-Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (File photo)

Photo : PTI
A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Ranchi today extended the judicial remand of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren by 3 more days in a money laundering case. Soren was arrested in January-end in connection with a land scam.
His remand had been last extended five days ago on February 7. The decision, made despite strong objections from the defense, followed a request from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking additional custody.
Soren's legal entanglement began with his arrest on January 31, following an intense seven-hour interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate regarding his alleged ownership of a piece of land. The subsequent remand marked the latest chapter in an ongoing confrontation between Soren and the investigative agency, characterized by the ED's search of his Delhi residence and his party's vocal criticism, accusing the agency of "maligning" his image. The investigation revolves around an alleged "huge racket of illegal change of ownership of land by the mafia" in Jharkhand.
Before his arrest, on January 20, Hemant Soren had his statement recorded by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The agency's probe has led to the arrest of 14 individuals, including Chhavi Ranjan, a 2011-batch IAS officer who served as the director of the state's social welfare department and deputy commissioner of Ranchi.
Amidst the legal proceedings, the Supreme Court declined to entertain Hemant Soren's petition challenging his arrest by the ED, redirecting him to approach the jurisdictional High Court for redress.
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