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Lawyer in PILs towards CM Soren arrested in Kolkata

RAJIV KUMAR, a lawyer representing a petitioner in two PILs associated to a mining lease and allegations of shell firms and cash laundering towards Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, was arrested by Kolkata Police on Sunday on prices of allegedly duping individuals of cash totalling Rs 50 lakh.

“We’ve got arrested a lawyer, Rajiv Kumar, who’s a resident of Ranchi,” stated a senior officer of Kolkata Police.

Sources stated the lawyer was arrested from a mall in central Kolkata following inputs from the police in Jharkhand, the place “he faces a number of instances”.

Kumar was arrested by Kolkata Police’s anti-rowdy squad and officers from the Hare Avenue station, the sources stated, including that “some cash” was additionally seized from him. The police are additionally in search of potential accomplices of Kumar, they stated.

Referred to as “PIL man” in Jharkhand, Kumar had lately filed three PILs on behalf of a petitioner, Shiv Shankar Sharma. Two of the PILs had been directed at Chief Minister Soren. One among them accused Soren of granting himself a mining lease whereas holding the Mining portfolio. The opposite acknowledged that Soren was allegedly linked to shell firms and cash laundering – these are at present being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Kumar can also be the lawyer in a PIL that alleged monetary irregularities in MGNREGA, resulting in the ED arresting Jharkhand Mining Secretary Pooja Singhal and Soren’s aide Pankaj Mishra.

Within the mining PIL filed in February this 12 months, Kumar had filed an extra plea searching for safety whereas claiming that he had been threatened. Advocate Common Rajeev Ranjan, nonetheless, had submitted that the plea was “frivolous” and filed to “scandalise” the Chief Minister.

Throughout hearings, the senior counsel showing for Jharkhand, Kapil Sibal, had argued on the legitimacy of the PIL because the petitioner Shiv Shankar Sharma’s father was a witness in a case towards Shibu Soren, the previous Chief Minister and father of Hemant Soren — this was not disclosed within the PIL. Counsel for Hemant Soren, Mukul Rohatgi, had described the PIL as “malafide”.

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Heman Soren, in his response to the mining PIL, had submitted that the allegations had been much like one other petition filed by the BJP, and that “each are related and the handiwork of the identical individual”.

Kumar had additionally filed a PIL with former BJP CM Raghubar Das, who was then a minister, as a celebration respondent within the so-called ‘Meinhardt rip-off’ associated to allegations of irregularities in a consultancy contract. Nonetheless, the PIL has not progressed additional.

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