Highlights

  • ED to question Hemant Soren on January 31
  • Investigation linked to an alleged land scam
  • ED has arrested 14 people in the case so far

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren is facing an ED investigation in connection with an alleged land scam

Explained: why Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren is under ED scanner

The Enforcement Directorate is investigating Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren in connection with an alleged land scam.

Soren is being questioned as part of a probe into an alleged "huge racket of illegal change of ownership of land by the mafia" in Jharkhand, according to the central probe agency.

The ED has so far arrested 14 people in the case, including 2011-batch IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan who served as the director of the state's Social Welfare Department and deputy commissioner of Ranchi.

An employee of the Jharkhand land revenue department, Bhanu Prasad Prasad, was also arrested by the agency in the case.

Also watch: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren's first reaction amid suspense over whereabouts

The ED investigation pertains to "huge amounts of proceeds of crime generated by manipulation of official records by showing dummy sellers and purchasers in the guise of forged/ bogus documents to acquire huge parcels of land having value in crores''.

(with PTI inputs)


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