ANI Photo | Special PMLA court extends ED custody of Hemant Soren for five days

Special PMLA (The Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court in Ranchi extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand custody of former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren for five days.
On February 2, Hemant Soren was remanded to five days’ ED custody by the special PMLA court which ended on Wednesday.
Hemant Soren was arrested on the night of January 31 after a seven-hour grilling by the ED in the money laundering case. He resigned as the Chief Minister before that.
Earlier during the day, ED officials took the former Chief Minister to the civil court amid heavy security.
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Hemant Soren waved at his supporters. The supporters raised slogans, “Hemant Soren Zindabad” and “Jail Ka Darwaja Tootega, Hemant Bhaiya Chootega” (Jail doors will be broken, brother Hemant will be released).
Earlier, the ED claimed it had recovered cash in excess of Rs 36 lakh from the possession of the JMM chief, along with documents linked to the ongoing investigation into the alleged acquisition of land by ‘fraudulent means’.
The agency added that land parcels spanning 8.5 acres were part of the criminal proceeds that the former CM allegedly acquired. ED stated that in a raid conducted on April 13, 2023, they unearthed several property-related records and registers that were in the possession of Revenue Sub-Inspector Bhanu Pratap Prasad.
It informed further that the probe further revealed that Bhanu Pratap Prasad and others are part of a “very large syndicate involved in corrupt practices of acquiring properties forcefully as well as on the basis of false deeds.
“Considering the facts and circumstances and taking into consideration the activities and processes of money laundering in which Soren is directly involved and is also a party with the said Bhanu Pratap and others, there are sufficient reasons to believe that Soren is guilty of the offence of money laundering as per section 3 of PMLA 2002,” the agency stated.
The probe pertains to proceeds of crime generated by allegedly forging official records by showing ‘fake sellers’ and purchasers in the guise of forged or bogus documents to acquire huge parcels of land having value in crores

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