The PMLA Court in Ranchi on Wednesday extended the custody of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren by five additional days. 

 The Enforcement Directorate had sought seven more days of remand following the arrest and interrogation of the ex CM.

The money laundering case connected with a land case pertains to alleged efforts to acquire land by fraudulent means. Soren was produced before special judge of the PNLA court amid heavy security deployment inside and outside premises. 

 The ED told the court that crucial information had come up during custody and he had to be confronted with other accused individuals. Soren counsel was Advocate General Rajiv Ranjan of Jharkhand had opposed the ED seeking his remand for 7 days. 

Rajan argued that there was no need of remand as he( Hemant Soren) was interrogated for 8 hours on January 20, 8 hours on January 31. During the past 5 days he in custody for 120 hours.” 

Therefore there was no need to grant 7 day- remand”, Ranjan submitted. However, the PMLA court extended ex CM Hemant Soren’s remand for five days.

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