Soren's plea against ED summons to be heard on Sept 18
One-liner: The SC on Friday adjourned to Sept 18 the hearing on Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren's plea against the ED summons in a money-laundering case.
Rohatgi to appear for Soren: A bench deferred the matter after it was informed that senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi would appear in the matter for Soren.
Bench agrees to submission: "I am requesting the matter be heard on Monday. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi is leading us," a junior counsel said. The bench agreed to the submission.
Summons challenged: Soren has moved the apex court challenging the summons sent to him to depose on Aug 14 at the federal agency's office in Ranchi and record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
- Earlier, Soren had skipped the ED summons in an alleged defence land scam case citing pre-scheduled events
Illegal mining: The 48-year-old Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader was interrogated for over nine hours by the ED on Nov 17 last year in connection with another money-laundering case linked to alleged illegal mining in the State.
Dozen land deals probed: The Central probe agency is probing more than a dozen land deals, including one related to defence land, wherein a group of mafia, middlemen and bureaucrats allegedly connived to forge deeds and documents of as long back as 1932.
- The ED has arrested several people so far in the State, including Soren's political aide Pankaj Mishra
Flashback: Soren was initially summoned by the ED on Nov 3, 2022, but he did not appear citing official engagements. He had even dared the Central probe agency to arrest him and then sought a three-week deferment of the summons.