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SC disposes of ex-Jharkhand CM's plea on delay by HC in deciding validity of arrest

By Jhanak Singh      10 May, 2024 04:23 PM      0 Comments
SC disposes of ex Jharkhand CM's plea on delay by HC in deciding validity of arrest

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday disposed of a plea by former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren against the delay by the Jharkhand High Court in deciding his writ petition challenging the arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in the land scam case.

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta said the instant plea has become infructuous as the High Court had delivered its judgement on May 3.

The court noted a separate special leave petition would be considered next week against the High Court's order.

On May 3, the Jharkhand High Court dismissed Soren's plea challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate.

The judgment had come days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear his plea against ED arrest in the week commencing from May 6.

The judgement was reserved by the High Court on February 28.

The High Court, in its order, had said Soren can't wriggle out the mess he created for himself by raising a bogey of political vendetta.

Soren had moved the top court, citing the High Court's delay in pronouncing the verdict on his petition challenging his arrest by the ED and on April 29 it issued notice on the plea challenging his arrest.  

Soren was being investigated for money laundering charges in connection with an illegal mining case, as well as an alleged land scam in Ranchi. He was arrested on January 31.

The Enforcement Directorate, investigating both cases, claimed that approximately Rs 8.5 acres of property in question constituted proceeds of crime.



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