Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren moves Supreme Court after ED arrest, hearing tomorrow 

Hemant Soren has approached the Supreme Court to challenge his arrest by the ED in the alleged money laundering case. Reportedly, the plea will be heard on Friday.

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has approached the Supreme Court challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal mentioned the plea before the apex court on Thursday, while withdrawing a similar petition filed in the Jharkhand High Court on Wednesday.

Responding to it, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said countless people are arrested by ED and they can't all approach the Supreme Court. Sibal retorted that "everyone will be arrested before elections."

When did ED arrest Hemant Soren?

Soren was arrested on Wednesday after over 7 hours of ED questioning regarding alleged irregularities in a mining lease grant case. Before the arrest, he resigned as CM and released a video message vowing to fight the oppression of tribals and the poor.

He claimed no wrongdoing in the case he was arrested for. Soren asserted the time has come to challenge the feudal system suppressing marginalized sections.

Why ED arrested Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren?

The ED action comes amid political turmoil in Jharkhand, with Soren's JMM accusing the BJP of misusing central agencies. The agency had summoned Soren earlier also, but this was the first time he was arrested.

With Soren's arrest triggering protests by JMM workers, the legal battle has now reached the Supreme Court. Soren hopes to get relief from the top court against what he terms political vendetta by the BJP-led Centre.