Education department moves Supreme Court to oppose bail granted to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren

Education department moves Supreme Court to oppose bail granted to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren

New Delhi:The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the bail granted to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren in a money laundering case related to the alleged illegal possession of 8.36 acres of land.

The Enforcement Directorate has claimed that the High Court order granting bail to Soren was “illegal” and that the court had erred in holding that there was no prima facie case against Soren. The move comes after the CM Soren-led government proved its majority, with the numbers favouring a JMM-led coalition. Soren was sworn in as CM for the third time on July 4, days after he was granted bail by the High Court.

On June 28, Soren walked out of Birsa Munda Central Jail after being granted bail by the High Court. He had been arrested on January 31 from Ranchi Raj Bhavan after resigning as chief minister.

At the bail hearing in the High Court, Soren’s lawyer argued that the case was a civil one, pointing out that the land in question, called ‘Bhuinhari’, could not be transferred legally. He further asserted that there was no element of money laundering involved in the case.

Justice Rangan Mukhopadhyay presided over the hearing, which concluded on June 13 after arguments by Soren’s defence team and ED Deputy Attorney General SV Raju. After deliberation, the court decided to grant bail to Soren, marking a turning point in the long-running legal saga surrounding the former chief minister. Soren had claimed that he had been falsely implicated and was forced to spend five months in jail.

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