Chief Minister Hemant Soren. (file photo)
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s troubles are not decreasing. Official sources said on Monday that the Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating the money laundering case, has asked CM Soren to record his statement again between January 27 and 31. ED had recorded Soren’s statement on Saturday i.e. on January 20 at the CM residence itself.
In the first interrogation amid tight security, the ED kept questioning Soren and taking his statement for about 7 hours. This inquiry was done by ED at a time when it had already issued 7 summons to Soren. After being issued summons 7 times, Soren had written a letter asking ED officials to come to his residence and record his statement.
MLAs and cabinet ministers were instructed to stay in Ranchi
At the time when ED was interrogating Soren, all the ruling MLAs and cabinet ministers included in the Soren government were instructed to stay in Ranchi. A large number of police forces were also seen deployed outside the CM residence.
After the ED inquiry, Soren’s party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha on Sunday alleged that about 500 CRPF personnel tried to enter the residence of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren without permission. JMM said that this attempt was made by CRPF when ED officials were interrogating Soren. The party also demanded an investigation into the matter.
The matter is related to illegal change in land ownership
According to ED, this case is related to a big gang of illegal change in land ownership by the mafia in the state. So far 14 people have been arrested in this case. These also include 2011 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Chhavi Ranjan who was working as the Director of the State Social Welfare Department and Deputy Commissioner of Ranchi.