BREAKING: No relief to Hemant Soren as Supreme Court dismisses his SLP challenging ED arrest

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Soren's counsel said he would withdraw the petition, following which the court dismissed the SLP as withdrawn

A vacation bench of the Supreme Court today dismissed the plea filed by former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a land scam case.

Soren had moved the top court in an SLP against the Jharkhand High Court's May 3rd decision refusing him relief. Before the top court, he also sought interim bail to campaign in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2024.

"We are not inclined to interfere with the decision. SLP is DISMISSED.", a bench of Justices Dipankar Datta and Satish Chandra Sharma has said.

Yesterday, court had questioned Soren if he could challenge his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate after cognizance of the offence was taken by a special court.

"Your client should have told us that he had already applied for bail..the SLP does not mention anything..only in the last sentence you just touch upon this...this fact has not been disclosed in the list of dates..YOU WERE PURSUING PARALLEL will have to clarify that..", court said today as well.

Recently Enforcement Directorate had informed the Supreme Court that Soren was arrested way before the dates for General Elections 2024 were even announced. "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.

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.

Supreme Court agreed to hear Soren's plea challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a land scam case on an urgent basis. "Please grant interim 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.

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.

Case Title: Hemant Soren vs. ED