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ED opposes JMM leader Hemant Soren's interim bail plea in SC

Updated on: 20 May,2024 07:04 PM IST  |  New Delhi
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Soren was arrested on January 31 in the money-laundering case linked to the alleged land scam after he resigned as the Jharkhand chief minister

ED opposes JMM leader Hemant Soren's interim bail plea in SC

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The Enforcement Directorate opposed former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren's plea seeking interim bail in the Supreme Court on Monday, reported news agency PTI. Soren is seeking an interim bail in a money-laundering case linked to an alleged land scam to campaign in the Lok Sabha polls.


In its affidavit filed in the top court on Soren's plea against his arrest and for interim bail, the probe agency said the materials on record establish that the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader was involved in the acquisition and possession of properties in an illegal manner which are proceeds of crime.


A vacation bench headed by Justice Dipankar Datta is scheduled to hear Soren's plea against his arrest and interim bail on Tuesday.


"Various Statements recorded under section 50 of PMLA, 2002, which establish that property admeasuring 8.86 acres, situated at Shanti Nagar, Near Lalu Khatal, Bariyatu is under illegal acquisition, possession and use of Hemant Soren and the same has been done in a camouflaged and concealed manner," the agency said.

Opposing the interim bail of Soren for campaigning during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the ED said, "It is relevant to note that the right to campaign for an election is neither a fundamental right nor a constitutional right and not even a legal right."

The probe agency said that there is an active attempt on Soren's part to subvert the investigation by misusing state machinery and project the proceeds of crime as "untainted through his stooges".

The JMM leader was arrested earlier this year on January 31 in the money-laundering case linked to the alleged land scam after he resigned as the Jharkhand chief minister.

He has challenged a May 3 order of the Jharkhand High Court that dismissed his petition against his arrest by the ED. He has also sought interim bail for campaigning in the Lok Sabha polls till the court delivers its verdict on his plea against his arrest.

On May 13, referring to the top court's recent order in a money-laundering case involving Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Soren sought interim bail for campaigning in the election.

(With inputs from PTI)

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