NEW DELHI: A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in New Delhi extended the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) remand custody of former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren for an additional five days on Wednesday. This extension is part of an ongoing money laundering investigation linked to an alleged land scam.
Former chief minister Hemant Soren was initially placed under five days of remand under the ED’s custody on February 2, a period that concluded on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the ED took the former CM to the civil court in Ranchi under tight security.
During the appearance, Soren waved at his supporters, who enthusiastically raised slogans such as ‘Hemant Soren Zindabad’ and ‘Jail Ka Darwaja Tootega, Hemant Bhaiya Chootega‘ (Jail doors will be broken, brother Hemant will be released).
Hemant Soren had been arrested on the night of January 31 after a seven-hour interrogation by the central agency as part of the money laundering case. Meanwhile, Champai Soren, a veteran leader of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, was sworn in as the new chief minister of Jharkhand.

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