Will refusal to cooperate with ED be ground for Soren arrest? | India News

NEW DELHI: By refusing to appear before ED despite summons, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren may have limited his options. Under the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the ED has been empowered to be a quasi-judicial body with powers similar to those conferred in a civil court regarding the summons, provide documents and evidence to document the tacit claim.
His repeated ‘refusal to cooperate’ with the agency may have been just one of the reasons he was eventually arrested, a trajectory that cases against several high-profile politicians have taken. . For example, the arrest Anil Deshmukh, former minister of Maharashtra. Deshmukh avoided multiple agency summons and even went underground for more than six months before his arrest on November 2 last year.
Since his arrest, Deshmukh has approached all three levels of the judiciary but has not received any relief, the former prime minister of Maharashtra has completed a year in judicial custody, while the investigation is ongoing. is still in progress.
In Soren’s case, according to a lawsuit filed by ED in a special PMLA court in Ranchi against close associates of CM, the agency has granted several very serious charges of money laundering with evidence. directly about corruption and abuse of his official position in allocating mining leases and generating ‘criminal proceeds’.
ED previously arrested Soren’s political aide Pankaj Mishra and two others and seized Rs 20 crore, cash and bank accounts. The agency has claimed this is only a fraction of the ‘criminal proceeds’ for illegal mining activities worth Rs1,000 crore involving the defendant.
The agency recorded the defendants’ testimony about how they managed the mining leases, who the beneficiaries were, the details of the cross-verified money trail, and why the CM’s checkbook and some signed checks were withdrawn from their facility. It can be recalled that the ED recovered several signed checks and some checkbooks of CM Hemant Soren from Pankaj Mishra’s premises when it raided the man’s residence and office.
In relation to its investigation, sources said the agency completed a thorough trace of the money in the process of transporting ‘criminal money’, recording the testimony of the accused and witnesses before summon. CM Soren to ask questions. Prima facie the CM has a lot of evidence against him in a money laundering case that proves his involvement with defendants who are not only related to him politically but are also accused of making peace for illegal mining and other business activities.


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