"Hemant Soren was arrested way before elections, no question of interim bail", ED tells Supreme Court

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Court was told earlier that while ED had already served on the 6th of May, they were purposely not appearing 

The Enforcement Directorate today informed the Supreme Court that Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was arrested way before the dates for General Elections 2024 were even announced.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju made this submission after Soren sought interim bail from top court citing recent order granting relief to Arvind Kejriwal to campaign for elections.

"He was arrested long back before the elections..There is no question of interim bail..", a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta were told.

When the bench told Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal that his client's plea for regular bail was also rejected, the senior lawyer said that it was his right to be heard.

"Relist on Tuesday before vacation bench. File your (ED) reply by then", the court thus ordered.

On Monday, Supreme Court had agreed to hear Soren's plea challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a land scam case today on a urgent basis.

"Please grant interim bail..it will be infructuous by then..elections will be over, then please dismiss it..grave injustice is being done to us..this is not fair, Kejriwal's order covers me..", Sibal had submitted before court.

Top court had recently held Soren's plea against High Court's delay in deciding his bail application in the case was infructuous in light of Jharkhand High Court's May 3rd decision whereby it denied him relief after having reserved its orders in his plea in February.

In February, the bench comprising Justices Sanjv Khanna, MM Sundresh and Bela M Trivedi had asked Soren to approach the High Court with his petition challenging arrest after refusing any relief to him.

Last year in September, Supreme Court had asked CM Soren to approach the High Court with his petition seeking to quash the two summons issued to him by the Enforcement Directorate under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Soren had challenged the summons being ex facie illegal, null and void, and being violative of the object and provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 and impinging upon the Fundamental Rights guaranteed to him under Articles 14,19 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

Case Title: Hemant Soren vs. ED