The ED petitions the Jharkhand High Court to transfer the case against its staff to the CBI

On Friday, the Enforcement Directorate pleaded with the Jharkhand High Court to allow the CBI to take over the probe into the complaint filed by former chief minister Hemant Soren against its staff.

Soren accused the ED personnel of harassing him because he is a tribal member in his filed complaint, which was filed in accordance with the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Jharkhand Police is now looking into the issue after Soren submitted a First Information Report at the SC/ST Police Station in Ranchi, only hours before he was taken into custody by the ED on January 31.

In his First Information Report, Soren claimed that the ED searched his Shantiniketan home and Jharkhand Bhawan on January 27 in an attempt to damage his reputation. A money laundering case connected to an alleged land transaction in Jharkhand is related to the ED team’s allegation that they found `36 lakh, an SUV, and various “incriminating” papers during their search of Soren’s Delhi apartment.

However, when considering a quashing plea submitted by the ED, the High Court decided not to impose any coercive measures on the ED officers involved in the case.

The ED said that Soren filed the action in an attempt to sabotage the ongoing investigation into money laundering related to Soren and his suspected property grab.

The ED used the SC/ST case as evidence of Soren’s wrongdoing in its charge sheet, which was submitted on March 30 before the Ranchi PMLA Court against him and four other people. “Soren filed a false and vexatious complaint against the ED officers who conducted a search at his Delhi residence,” the statement said.

It also said that the filing of the FIR demonstrates Soren’s improper use of government resources to intimidate the investigators’ staff. It is clear from the ED’s charge sheet that Hemant Soren filed a false police report (FIR) in an attempt to obtain revenge and that he also succeeded in getting notifications sent to ED personnel in an effort to obstruct the investigation against him.