Jharkhand’s former chief minister has now moved to the Supreme Court, wherein he is challenging the High Court’s delay in pronouncing the judgment in which he contested his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.

A bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dipankar Datta will hear the former chief minister’s plea, in which he is challenging the court’s delay in the pronouncement of the verdict. The high court had reserved its verdict for February 28 on his plea, but the decision on it still awaits.

The allegations against the former chief minister levied by the enforcement directorate were that he allegedly was a part of a fraudulent land deal, and so on January 31, Soren was taken into custody by ED, wherein he was charged with being the main benefactor of the land that was obtained through fraud.

Kapil Sibal, Hemant Soren’s advocate in this case, said that they have moved a petition under Article 32 in this matter. He said that on the orders of the honorable lordship, he had asked them to seek relief from the high court, and so they appeared before the high court on the 4th of February, and on February 27 and 28, the case was ultimately heard. Currently, the plea has not resulted in a decision.

Article 32 of the Indian Constitution gives a citizen of India the fundamental right to approach the apex court, where they can seek enforcement of the fundamental rights recognized by the Constitution.

Today, the apex court asked the ED to file a reply in this matter. Hemant Soren also sought interim bail through the court, and the matter was adjourned until the 6th of May.

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