Ex-CM Hemant Soren has adopted a two-prong legal move to get out of jail on bail. The first legal move gained limelight on Wednesday when he requested the Supreme Court to urgently hear his plea. 

The SC has yet to respond to his petition.

In the Special Leave Petition, Soren has alleged that delay by the Jharkhand High Court in deciding his petition that challenged his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 on money laundering charges. 

Senior counsel Kapil Sibal mentioned the matter before a bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta pleading to hear Soren’s case immediately in view of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. 

“We had moved this court under Article 32 (writ petition seeking enforcement of fundamental right), but we were told to approach the high court first. We went there. 

The case was heard finally on February 27 and 28 and the judgment was reserved. But it has not been delivered yet. We went back to the judge, but he said nothing. 

“The man will be inside, and the elections will be over,” Sibal contended. 

The second legal move is linked with his petition seeking bail from the PMLA court in Ranchi. 

Responding to his plea for bail, the court had ordered the respondent - Enforcement Directorate- to file a counter affidavit by April 30 and fixed May 1 as the next date for hearing his petition seeking bail.

Soren is an accused in a money laundering case linked with a land scam and has been in judicial custody in jail since January 31.


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