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Hemant Soren moves Jharkhand High Court, seeks permission to participate in assembly session

The JMM leader was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 in a money laundering case

PTI Ranchi Published 23.02.24, 09:34 PM
Hemant Soren

Hemant Soren File photo

Former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Friday moved an application before the state’s high court, seeking permission to participate in the budget session of the assembly.

A special court in Ranchi had earlier denied permission to Soren to take part in the session that got underway on Friday.

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The JMM leader was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 in a money laundering case.

The ED sought time to file a response to Soren’s plea, and the high court fixed February 26 as the next date of hearing.

Advocate General Rajeev Ranjan, appearing for Soren, informed the court that this would be the last budget of the government before the assembly elections later this year, and hence, several money bills and accounts will be discussed in the House.

The money bills will be subject to voting by members of the assembly, and the former CM’s presence is, therefore, important, Ranjan argued.

The presence of Soren in the assembly will not affect investigation of the case by the ED in any manner, he said.

The ED, represented by Additional Solicitor General of India S V Raju and A K Das, sought time to file a response to the petition.

The assembly will be in session from February 23 to March 2, with the Champai Soren government tabling its first budget on February 27.

Senior JMM leader Champai Soren was sworn in as the chief minister after his predecessor, Hemant Soren, was arrested by the ED on January 31.

The former CM was sent to the Birsa Munda Central Jail on February 15, after his 13-day ED custody ended.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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