ED Issues 7th Summons To Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Says 'Last Chance To Record Statement'

ED Issues 7th Summons To Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Says 'Last Chance To Record Statement'

The agency has asked him to specify the place, date and time within two days of receipt of this communication

ANIUpdated: Saturday, December 30, 2023, 12:16 PM IST
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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren | File photo

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued a fresh summons to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday for questioning in connection with an alleged land scam.

This is the seventh summons issued to CM Hemant Soren by the ED under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 asking him to record his statement.

Ed warning to Soren

As he had not turned up on ED's six summons, this time the agency has said that it is his last opportunity to record the statement.

"Since you have not come to the office of the Directorate of Enforcement in obedience to the summonses issued to you, we are giving you this last opportunity to record your statement under section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, at the place, date and time, mutually convenient to you as well as the undersigned (ED), which should be within 7 days of receipt of this notice/Summons," said the ED in its summon.

The agency has asked him to specify the place, date and time within two days of receipt of this communication.

"Despite the issuance of six summonses, you (Hemant Soren) have not appeared before this office, citing unfounded reasons. This non-appearance is impeding and hindering the progress of the investigation in the present case," ED mentioned in the summons.

Heman Soren skipped 6 summons

The ED issued the sixth summons on December 12 for questioning but the Chief Minister skipped the proceedings.

CM Soren was first summoned by the ED earlier in mid-August in connection with a land 'scam' case. However, the CM ignored the summons, claiming that he was busy with the state's Independence Day celebrations.

He was asked again to appear on August 24 and September 9 but he skipped the dates, citing preoccupations.

The agency then issued its fourth summons to the Jharkhand CM, asking him to report to the agency on September 23. The CM had earlier threatened to move for legal proceedings against the Centre if it did not withdraw the summonses issued against him.

Soren's letter to ED

In his letter to the agency, Soren said he had provided all necessary documents and information to the ED.

He wrote that if the ED needed any information, it could refer to the documents that he had already shared with the agency.

However, he alleged that the ED summoned him on August 14 at the behest of its "political masters".

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