Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren may respond to the Enforcement Directorate’s sixth summon issued to him today asking him to appear before it in Ranchi regional office on December 12. 

The summon has been issued by the ED for questioning in a money-laundering case linked to an alleged land scam. 

This is the sixth notice issued to Soren, but he was never deposed as he filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking protection from the ED action. The probe pertains to the ED alleging that a "huge racket of illegal change of ownership of land by mafia was going on in Jharkhand". 

The agency has arrested 14 people in the case, including 2011-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Chhavi Ranjan who had earlier served as the director of the state social welfare department and deputy commissioner of Ranchi. 

Soren, the 48-year-old Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader, was questioned by the ED in November last year in another money-laundering case linked to alleged illegal mining in the state.


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