Ranchi: On a day, the opposition BJP attacked the JMM leadership over the ED grilling of the party’s former treasurer Ravi Kejriwal in the MGNREGA scam, the party said they had severed ties with the official.
Kejriwal, who hails from Chas in Bokaro had been JMM’s treasurer for 10 years. In 2019, he was expelled by the JMM after several allegations of anti-party activities against him were allegedly found to be true.
JMM insiders claimed that Kejriwal had relations with several veteran lawmakers and functionaries of the party.
“The party does not have any ties with Kejriwal at the moment. The ED can question anyone it wants,” JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said. “He does not have any links with the party. If he has any personal relations with anyone, it is not the party’s look out. We are not worried about anything,” he added.
JMM sources however claimed that Kejriwal could be used by the ED to frame false charges against leaders.
“The chartered accountant Suman Kumar openly claimed that he was being pressured by the ED to confess that the money which was recovered from his home did not belong to him. Going by that, Kejriwal could be used to frame important leaders,” said a senior JMM functionary.
When asked to comment on what would happen if Kejriwal turned a government witness, Bhattacharya took a dig at BJP’s Nishikant Dubey and said: “One person is rampantly tweeting that everyone who has been summoned by the ED for questioning will turn witnesses. We will see what happens, but how come one person decides this?”
Dubey took to Twitter on Wednesday and claimed there was information that several employees of Jharkhand chief minister’s residential office have one set of unofficial mobile sets along with their official mobile numbers. JMM did not comment on Dubey’s tweet.

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