A special PMLA court in Ranchi on Wednesday extended the judicial remand of former chief minister Hemant Soren among eight accused for 14 days. 

This means Soren and seven other accused will remain in jail till April 29. On April 30, they will be presented before the court on April 30.  

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and ex-chief minister Soren was arrested on January 31 from his residence in an alleged money laundering case linked to the land scam by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). 

The ED had alleged that Soren purchased 8.12 acres of tribal land in a bargain using his illegally earned money. 

During the judicial custody of Soren, ED accessed Soren’s Whatsapp chat with his architect friend Vinod Kumar Singh and claimed to have collected vital evidence of his alleged “illegal sources of earnings”. 

While the ED has submitted a report showing evidence against Soren, he is currently lodged at the Birsa Munda Central Jail.  

Alongside, Soren has challenged his arrest and sought interim bail from the Supreme Court on the grounds to “ participate “ in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. The SC is expected to hear his case soon.

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