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Anosh plea in court

Ranchi, May 21: Kolebira legislator Anosh Ekka today filed a petition in the special court of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), seeking permission to attend an all-party meeting called by chief minister Hemant Soren in Ranchi on May 23.

Accused of laundering money during his tenure as a minister in former chief minister Madhu Koda’s cabinet, Ekka is facing prosecution in the PMLA court of special judge R.K. Choudhary in the state capital. The Supreme Court granted him bail on December 13 last year with the rider that he should not reside in Ranchi during the trial.

It, however, gave him the liberty to move the PMLA court for permission to come and stay in the capital apart from the dates of hearing in extreme emergencies.

In the petition filed today, Ekka’s counsel informed the PMLA court that a letter had been issued by the office of senior private secretary of chief minister Hemant Soren on May 20, intimating legislators in the ruling coalition to attend a meeting at his residence on May 23.

The meeting has been called to discuss issues of public interest. Hence, the MLA, who has shifted base to Simdega, needed to be in Ranchi.