Ranchi, April 16: State police did not take prompt action on intelligence inputs regarding the whereabouts of JMM legislator Sita Soren despite an arrest warrant issued against her for her alleged involvement in the abduction of a witness in the 2012 Rajya Sabha cash stash case.
The revelation came a day after the Jharkhand High Court, which is monitoring the case, rapped the police for failing to arrest the JMM MLA and set a deadline of May 6.
Sources said the police had failed to cash in on two specific inputs they had received about her movements last month. “Had the police taken those tip-offs seriously, they could have spared themselves the yesterday’s humiliation,” said a police officer.
The first input came when Sita was moving to Bhagalpur via Hansdiha-Dhaka More around a month ago. By the time the police swung into action, she had entered Bihar, the sources explained.
The police received another intelligence input that Sita was hiding in Delhi. The state police, the sources alleged, again failed to make use of the information.
Both these events, lend credence to speculation that the police were going slow in the matter as Sita was the daughter-in-law of JMM chief Shibu Soren.
Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh strongly refuted the allegations, insisting that the police had acted on every single intelligence input from credible sources.
“I can’t share intelligence details and actions being taken by the police in this regard. I will not comment on the two specific intelligence inputs that somebody is referring to. Everybody has freedom to speak,” he said.
Another officer explained the difficulty faced by the police in tracing her. “The police have no intention of giving her a long rope. She has kept her mobile switched off. The only way out is to bank on human intelligence which has limitations. We have scanned almost all her close associates,” he said.
The officer also revealed that the police had conducted a raid at a petrol pump owned by one of her relatives at Baripada in Odisha six days ago. “But, it was in vain.”
The high court, however, isn’t convinced that police were doing their best. It has, therefore, directed the DGP and the home secretary to physically appear before the court if the police failed to arrested Sita by May 6.