“Conspiracy to destabilise Jharkhand govt”: Soren ahead of ED questioning

Addressing the press ahead of his appearance before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren alleged that the claims against him in the illegal mining case are a “conspiracy to destabilise his government.”

“This is beyond my understanding how the Rs 1,000 crore illegal mining figures were reached. The allegations are not possible at all. I am in a constitutional post, and the way the summons are being issued, it seems politicians will leave the country. This is a conspiracy to topple the government” he told reporters during a press conference on Thursday morning.

JMM chief also denied the allegations against him.

“For it to happen, 8 crore metric tons of stones need to be mined, which is four times the legally mined quantity,” he said.

The ED has arrested Soren’s political aide Pankaj Mishra and two others — Bachhu Yadav and Prem Prakash — in the case. The ED says it has “identified” ₹ 1,000 crore as “proceeds of crime relating to illegal mining.”

“I hold a constitional post as Chief Minister. But the way the probe is going, the way I’m summoned, it’s like they think I am the kind of person who would flee the country. I can’t remember anyone other than big businessmen having fled the country. No politician has fled like that,” he said.