ED summons Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in illegal land mining case

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday summoned Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren in a money laundering investigation related to an alleged mining scam in the state.

Soren has been called for questioning on Thursday at the Enforcement Directorate’s regional office in Ranchi, PTI reported.

The summons comes three months after the ED had arrested Soren’s aide Pankaj Mishra in the case. Mishra was the central committee member of Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.

In its chargesheet before a special court in Ranchi, the Enforcement Directorate has alleged that Mishra controls the illegal mining business in the chief minister’s Assembly constituency Barhait through his accomplices.

Last week Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais had said that he has sought a second opinion in the office-of-profit case against Soren.