Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has received the notice of the Election Commission, in which he has been asked to reply in the matter of getting the mine lease and industrial land in the name of his and his wife while being the Chief Minister. The Election Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Minister of Jharkhand regarding the mining lease.
The Election Commission issued a notice to Hemant Soren asking him to explain his stand on allegations that he had issued a mining lease in the state to benefit himself. If the charge is proved, he can be disqualified as a member of the state assembly. An official said, “The commission wants to give him a just opportunity to present his stand on these serious allegations. They are given time till May 10 to respond to the notice.
The Election Commission has received a report on this issue from the Governor of the state. The commission will send its views to the governor. Section 9A of the Representation of the People Act deals with disqualification of an MP or MLA for any government contract. The commission said that the notice has been issued keeping this section in mind. The commission has found prima facie violation of the provisions of section 9A.
According to the said section, “A person may be disqualified if he has entered into an agreement with the appropriate Government for the supply of goods for the purpose of his business, or for the performance of any act of that Government.” Recently, the state government had written a letter asking it to share the documents related to the mining lease. In the mineral-rich state, a political controversy has erupted over this issue.