Ranchi: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren will submit his reply to the Election Commission (EC) on Friday in the office-of-profit case, the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) said on Thursday.
“The chief minister will submit his reply to the EC show-cause on notice on Friday itself. We, in JMM, are hopeful that justice will be done,” party’s spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya told TOI.
Jharkhand advocate general Rajiv Ranjan did not respond to repeated calls when contacted to enquire as to what the CM’s reply to the EC might be.
The EC had on May 2 taken cognizance to a February 11 complaint made by the Jharkhand unit of the BJP through governor Ramesh Bais and asked Soren to explain by May 10 why he should not be disqualified as an MLA for breaching Section 9(A) of the Representation of People Act and allotting a 0.88-acre mining plot in Angara block to himself.
Soren had on May 10 sought four weeks to reply to the notice, citing his mother Rupi Soren’s illness.
The EC then asked him to reply by May 20.
In a similar notice on May 13 by the EC, Hemant’s brother Basant Soren had submitted his reply. The notice was sent to Basant following a complaint that he co-owned a West Bengal-based company which leased a stone quarry in Pakur.
Meanwhile, the EC has also directed Garhwa deputy commissioner Ramesh Gholap to submit his report by Friday on the alleged violation of Form 26 by state water resources minister Mithilesh Thakur in his election affidavit during the 2019 state assembly polls.
The EC took cognizance of one RTI activist Sunil Mahto’s complaint that Thakur in his affidavit did not disclose that he was a stakeholder in the Chaibasa-based construction company, Satyam Enterprises, which takes up government civil construction works.
While Gholap had sent a report to the EC on the complaint, the DC was directed to submit a fresh report after several parts were found to be unsatisfactory, EC sources said. “If the EC thinks that I have filed wrong information in my election affidavit, then it can disqualify me,” Thakur dared the EC on Thursday and claimed that the charges against him were false.
Gholap said he was yet to submit his report to the office of Jharkhand chief electoral officer K Ravi Kumar.

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