Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has been granted immediate relief by the Supreme Court on the PIL related to allegations of illegal mining and investment in shell companies, but it has not completely put an end to his troubles. The ED has detected 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 again to question him in the same case. The ED had issued summons for the first time in this case on November 1 and summoned him for questioning on November 3, but the CM had sought three weeks’ time citing his busy schedule.
Invitations can be sent after 15 November
On this request of CM, ED has not taken any decision so far. According to sources, Søren can be summoned for a 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 deemed the PIL related to allegations of illegal mining and investment in shell companies against CM Hemant Soren and his cronies not maintainable. This PIL was filed by a person named Shivshankar Sharma in the Jharkhand High Court, raising questions as to whether Hemant Soren and the government had filed an SLP in the Supreme Court. During the hearing of this SLP, counsel for the respondent ED had submitted that there are sufficient facts in the matter of investment in shell companies and grant of mining leases on the basis of which the hearing of the PIL should be continued.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Søren
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 investments in shell companies and award 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 an individual? The hearing of the ongoing PIL against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren in the Jharkhand High Court has been canceled following 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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