Jharkhand News: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday said he sought four weeks’ time from the Election Commission to respond to a notice regarding mining leases, but the commission gave him 10 days. The Election Commission had sought Soren’s reply as it had received a representation that he was allegedly abusing the post of Chief Minister and hence he should be disqualified as a member of the Legislative Assembly. Soren, however, has denied these allegations.
The commission had issued a notice to Soren on May 2 regarding the allegations of allotting the mining lease in its favor and asked him to reply by May 10, but Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Soren, including his mother’s ill health Citing other reasons, four weeks’ time was sought.
Soren earlier told a news agency, “I have sought at least four weeks’ time from the Election Commission to give a detailed reply to my notice.” The time of day is given.
Soren said, “I have also requested the Election Commission to give me an opportunity of personal hearing through my legal counsel before the Commission decides its opinion for sending it to the Governor of Jharkhand under Article 192(2) of the Constitution.” must be given.”
The Election Commission has received a representation from Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais on the issue of “misuse” of office by the Chief Minister and will send his opinion to him. If the charges are proved, he (Soren) may be disqualified as a member of the state assembly. In a letter sent to the Election Commission, Soren has said that he was in Hyderabad for continuous treatment, citing serious illness of his mother. He said that because of this he has not been able to study the notice sent by the Election Commission of India.
He said in the letter that he had briefly attended the Chief Ministers’ and Chief Justices of India’s conference in New Delhi on April 30 and moreover, he remained in Hyderabad for most of the time as his 67-year-old mother was seriously ill for almost eight months. and was taken from Ranchi to Hyderabad on April 28, 2022 for better treatment.
In a letter sent to the Election Commission on May 5, Soren said, “He is presently undergoing treatment in the ICU of AIG Hospital, Hyderabad. To ensure his proper medical treatment, I also had to stay in Hyderabad.” He again wrote to the Election Commission on May 9, requesting him to be given more time to file his reply.