Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren resigned on Wednesday amid developments involving his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land scam. Soren moved the High Court against the ED's action challenging the probe and his arrest.
The day witnessed swift developments as Hemant Soren tendered his resignation to the Governor at Raj Bhavan, and the ruling coalition members chose senior JMM leader and Transport Minister Champai Soren as his successor. The ED had been questioning Hemant Soren at his residence and informed him of his arrest due to dissatisfaction with his answers.
Hemant Soren challenged the ED's probe and his arrest through a writ petition in the Jharkhand High Court on Wednesday. The matter is likely to be mentioned for a hearing on Thursday.
Earlier reports suggested Hemant Soren was "missing," but he resurfaced in Ranchi on late Tuesday, arriving at his Kanke Road residence. The ED had been searching for him in Delhi since Monday morning, checking various locations, including his Delhi residence and Jharkhand Bhawan, before he was located.
(With Agency Inputs)