The Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren for the eighth time in connection with the “illegal mining case". 

The fresh summon issued by ED is meant to quiz him on questions connected with a land scam in Ranchi that could not be raised due to lack of time on January 20, it is learnt. On January 20, ED had quizzed him for around seven hours.

The ED sleuths had recorded his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act during the seven hours they had spent at his residential office.

Soren has reportedly been asked to join the investigation again between January 27 and 31 when ED has decided to go to his residential office.

Now, according to the report, the ED has asked Soren to appear before the agency between January 27 and 31. 

According to the agency sources, searches were carried out at 12 locations, including the residences of Abhishek Prasad and the Deputy Commissioner of Sahebganj.  

More than ₹7 lahks in cash and 21 cartridges of different calibers were seized from the premises of Sahibganj deputy commissioner (DC) Ram Niwas Yadav, the Enforcement Directorate had said on January 4. 

Apart from seizing "incriminating" digital devices, it recovered a total cash amount of ₹36.99 lakh, including ₹7.25 lakh from the camp office of Ram Niwas Yadav, DC of Sahibganj, PTI reported.

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