Soren lodges FIR against ED sleuths in Ranchi over agency's searches at Delhi house

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Ranchi, Jan 31 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has lodged an FIR against senior ED personnel at the SC/ST police station here over searches conducted by the agency at his Delhi residence, officials said on Wednesday.

Soren alleged that the ED conducted the search operation at his residence in the national capital to “harass and malign him and his entire community”, the officials said, quoting the FIR.

"An FIR has been lodged against some senior ED officials... we got the application from the chief minister,” Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandan Kumar Sinha, told PTI.

An ED team searched Soren’s Delhi residence on Monday, and camped there for almost 13 hours in order to question him in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land deal in Jharkhand.

The agency claimed to have seized Rs 36 lakh, an SUV and some "incriminating" documents during the search.

“My family members and I have suffered and experienced immense mental, psychological and emotional harm because of the acts committed...,” he said in the FIR, according to the officials.

The chief minister also claimed that he was not the owner of the seized car, and the cash recovered did not belong to him as well, they said. Soren is presently being questioned by ED sleuths at his Ranchi residence regarding the same case. PTI NAM SAN RBT