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Hemant Soren resigns as Jharkhand CM, presently in ED custody; Champai Soren to take over
Hemant Soren
Image courtesy: Facebook/ Hemant Soren

Hemant Soren resigns as Jharkhand CM, presently in ED custody; Champai Soren to take over

| @indiablooms | 31 Jan 2024, 09:28 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was taken into custody by the Enforcement Directorate this evening, minutes after quitting the top post.

Soren has resigned as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand amid questioning by the ED in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land deal in Jharkhand.

Transport minister Champai Soren, one of the veteran leaders of the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, will step into his shoes.

Hemant Soren was taken into custody in connection with an alleged land scam, minutes after meeting the governor and handing in his resignation.

The ED officials earlier in the evening reached the CM's residence in ten vehicles, accompanied by CISF personnel.

After reaching the Chief Minister's residence, the ED officials started questioning Soren.

Earlier on Jan 20, the CM was grilled by the ED for seven hours at his residence.

After this, the ED wrote to Soren again on Jan 22, asking him to record the statement between Jan 27-31.

Following this, the chief minister, on Jan 25, indirectly refused to give time to the ED for questioning.

Then, on Jan 29, the Chief Minister wrote to the ED accusing it of being "politically motivated" and preventing the elected government from working.

Soren later sent an email to the ED agreeing to record his statement at his residence on Jan 31. He summoned the central agency to his residence at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to record his statement.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Ranchi, including the Chief Minister's residence.

Soren has claimed that he is being targeted as a part of a huge conspiracy.

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