The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has seized a BMW X7 belonging to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren from his residence in Delhi. It has been reported that his ₹1.26 crore luxury SUV from the German automotive giant BMW has been seized due to its purchase being initiated with black money. This seizure has been made by ED because of an ongoing investigation into alleged irregularities and financial misconduct surrounding Hemant Soren in a land scam probe, with an attachment of ₹236 crores. It has also been reported that the CM also owns a private jet.
Hemant Soren’s involvement in a land scam probe came under the scrutiny of ED, and his interrogation began at his Ranchi residence on January 20. Following this, a fresh summons were issued, asking the Chief Minister to specify a date for further questioning between January 29 and January 31. However, the situation took a dramatic turn when the ED team, along with Delhi Police, reached 5/1 Shanti Niketan Bhawan in South Delhi on Monday at around 9 am. During the 13-hour-long investigation, the entire residence was thoroughly searched, leading to the seizure of the CM’s BMW X7, which was seen with a Haryana number plate.
Following this raid when CM Hemant Soren was not found at his Delhi residence during the search, questions arose as to where he has gone. The ED’s concerns were also deepened when it was revealed that the Chief Minister had canceled his scheduled chartered flight to Ranchi, and his phones, along with those of his personal security officers, were switched off. Presently, there are reports that have stated that Jharkhand Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has communicated with the Enforcement Directorate and assured the availability of CM Hemant Soren for a meeting on January 31 at 1 PM. However, at the moment, the official confirmation of this meeting is still pending.
Land Scam Probe Details
For those who may not be aware, the ED’s probe revolves around a complex web of illegal land ownership changes originating from FIRs filed in both Jharkhand and Bihar. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has been subjected to allegations of misappropriation of land and manipulation of land records. The investigation, triggered by the Ranchi land scam case, has uncovered a network of malpractices done by a mafia gang in Jharkhand. The ED’s investigation into the land scam case has also resulted in the arrest of 14 individuals, including Hemant Soren’s close aide Prem Prakash. The agency has filed two prosecution complaints, shedding light on the intricate details of the fraudulent land dealings. The total attachment with this case has been reported to be around ₹236 crore.
Hemant Soren’s BMW X7
A video showing the seizure of CM Hemant Soren’s BMW X7 has been shared online by ANI News. In this video, two ED officers were seen driving off in Hemant Soren’s BMW X7. The car is finished in a shade of Phytonic Blue metallic. This luxury SUV is priced at ₹1.26 crore and is the flagship SUV that BMW sells in India. This SUV is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. Both versions use a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine. The petrol version of the X7 generates 381 Ps and 520 Nm of peak torque. The diesel variant generates 340 Ps and 700 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 48v mild hybrid system and an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.