ED officials grill Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren for hours at his residence

Ranchi, Jan 31 (UNI) Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Wednesday grilled Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land scam.

The ED officials, who reached the CM’s residence in ten vehicles, were accompanied by CISF personnel.

Till the time of filing this report, over four hours have elapsed since the central agency sleuths began questioning Soren.

Meanwhile, traffic has been stopped around the chief minister’s residence by barricading the Kanke Road from both sides. A large number of police officers are camping in the area.

According to sources, all JMM MLAs are preparing to shift to another place. However, so far, there has been no official confirmation on the matter.

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

The ED wrote to Soren again on January 22, asking him to record the statement from between January 27-31. Following this, the chief minister, on January 25, indirectly refused to give time to the ED for questioning. Then, on January 29, the Chief Minister wrote to the ED accusing it of being “politically motivated” and preventing the elected government from working.

On January 20, Hemant Soren termed the questions asked by the ED “inaccurate” and “incorrect.”.

Also, Soren sent an email to the ED agreeing to record his statement at his residence on January 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.

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