Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has got immediate relief from the Supreme Court on the PIL related to allegations of illegal mining and investment in shell companies, but it has not completely ended his troubles. The ED has detected money laundering of more than 1000 crores in a case related to illegal mining in Jharkhand and is preparing to issue summons to Chief Minister Hemant Soren once again for questioning him in the same case. The ED had issued summons for the first time in this case on November 1 and called him for questioning on November 3, but the CM had sought three weeks’ time citing his busyness.
Summons can be sent after November 15
On this request of the CM, the ED has not taken any decision so far. According to sources, Soren can be summoned for the second time any day after November 15. The rule is that even after three summons, they do not appear for questioning, then the ED can move the court for further action.
Let us tell you that the Supreme Court on Monday considered the PIL related to allegations of illegal mining and investment in shell companies against CM Hemant Soren and his close ones as not maintainable. This PIL was filed by a person named Shivshankar Sharma in the Jharkhand High Court, raising questions on the maintainability of which Hemant Soren and the government had filed an SLP in the Supreme Court. During the hearing on this SLP, the counsel for the respondent ED had argued that there are sufficient facts in the matter of investment in shell companies and allocation of mining leases, on the basis of which the hearing on the PIL should be continued.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren
On this, the Supreme Court had rejected the ED’s argument and said that if the ED has evidence of money laundering in the case of alleged investment in shell companies and allocation of mining leases, then it can investigate it itself. Why does she want a court order to investigate under the guise of a PIL filed by a person? The hearing on the ongoing PIL against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren in the Jharkhand High Court has been canceled by the order of the Supreme Court, but the ED’s investigation in the illegal mining case will remain unaffected by this order.
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