Trouble Mounts for Jharkhand CM, Poll Panel Proposes Hemant Soren’s Disqualification as MLA

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Last Updated: August 25, 2022, 13:17 IST

he BJP, the petitioner in the case, has sought Soren's disqualification for violating section 9 A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. (File photo: PTI)

he BJP, the petitioner in the case, has sought Soren’s disqualification for violating section 9 A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. (File photo: PTI)

The Election Commission is said to have sent its recommendations over CM Hemant Soren to the Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais

Trouble seems to be mounting for Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren. The Election Commission has today recommended that the Chief Minister be disqualified as an MLA for violating electoral law by extending a mining lease to himself, according to EC sources.

The Election Commission is said to have sent its recommendations to the Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais in a sealed cover this morning after a disqualification plea. The Jharkhand governor was the one who referred the matter to the poll panel.

The key petitioner in the case – the BJP – has sought Soren’s disqualification for violating section 9 A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which deals with disqualification for government contracts.

The petition also argues that under Article 192 of the Constitution, if any question arises as to whether a member of a House of the Legislature of a state has become subject to any of the disqualifications, the question shall be referred to the governor whose decision shall be final.

Sources close to the Jharkhand CM told CNN-News18 that they are yet to be informed about the Election commission’s recommendation. “We will wait if it’ is debarment (debarred for contesting elections), then necessary legal recourse will be sought by us,” Sources close to the Soren said. The CM is expected to issue a statement soon.

The hearing in the mine leasing case in which the BJP accuses Hemant Soren began earlier this month. On August 12, the legal team of Soren concluded its arguments before the Election Commission following which the BJP — the petitioner in the case — gave a rejoinder. On August 18, both the sides submitted their written submissions to the poll panel.

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