Hemant Soren says will record statement before ED on Wednesday
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, in a letter to the Enforcement Directorate, said he will record his statement before the agency officials at 1 pm on Wednesday at his residence. Read further on Dynamite News:
Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, in a letter to the Enforcement Directorate, said he will record his statement before the agency officials at 1 pm on Wednesday at his residence.
While accepting to record his statement, the Jharkhand chief minister alleged that questioning him at this time was more political and was meant to disrupt the functioning of his government.
"You are well aware that the Budget Session of the Legislative Assembly will be held between 2nd and 29th February 2024 and the undersigned will be pre-occupied with preparations for the same apart from other prior scheduled official engagements," the letter written by Soren to ED's Ranchi office said.
"In these circumstances, your insistence to record a further statement of the undersigned on or before 31 January 2024 reeks of malice and reveals your political agenda to disrupt the functioning of the State Government and prevent an elected representative of the people from discharging his official duties," Soren's letter to the ED said.
The "acts are malafide and politically motivated (and) stand vindicated. The issuance of summon to the undersigned is wholly vexatious and in colourable exercise of powers given by the statute," the letter added.
The ED officials visited the residence of Soren in the national capital on Monday night to question him in connection with an alleged land scam case and said that the Jharkhand Chief Minister could not be located.
Jharkhand Minister Banna Gupta said, " Honourable CM is in the hearts of Jharkhand people. He has said that he will answer all the questions of ED as per the deadline given by ED, let the deadline come..I don't want to make any comments on ED, everything will come to people's court, they are the head in democracy.
People set the narrative regarding what is happening to whom, and why is it happening..." Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan in Ranchi said that noone was above the law and the CM must obey the law.
"Like you(the media), we are also waiting for the CM's response. Nobody is above the law. We have to work within the Constitution. We want law & order to be maintained" the Governor said.
Meanwhile, Section 144 CrPc imposed within 100 meters radius of Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren's residence, Raj Bhavan and ED office in Ranchi.
As per sources, the ED had issued fresh summons to Soren, asking him to be available for questioning on January 29 or 31, or else the agency itself will go to him for questioning. This is the tenth summons issued to the Jharkhand Chief Minister, by the ED.
On Monday night, ED officials seized a luxury car belonging to Soren from his Delhi residence late Monday, in connection with the ongoing probe into a money laundering case linked to an alleged land scam. (ANI)