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Jharkhand CM runs into fresh controversy

delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2008 10:02 IST
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Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren has run into a fresh controversy with one of his prominent detractors alleging that he has links with the supremo of an outlawed extremist outfit in the state.

Former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi is demanding a CBI inquiry into the matter in the wake of reports of one hardcore member of the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT) that Soren is in touch with the head of JLT.

Lorence Mundari alias Carlos after being caught by the police has claimed before the media that the Chief Minister and Dinesh Gope, supremo of his outfit, were in regular contact. JLT is splinter group of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in the state.

The Chief Minister's office, however, dismissed the allegations. Soren's press advisor Shafique Ansari said, it's an attempt to denigrate the image of Guruji, the name by which Chief Minister is popularly known.

The issue has, however, come in handy for the detractors of the Chief Minister, including Marandi who is MP from Koderma, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Marandi told PTI that he will write to the Prime Minister and Home Minister seeking a CBI probe into the serious matter.

"There are several instances when extremists after being caught by the police have revealed their connections with various political leaders in the State but nothing has been done," Marandi, who is also heading the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P), said.

Controversies are not new to Soren who was accused in the JMM MPs bribery case and had also suffered imprisonment for some time in the Shashinath Jha murder case. He was, however, later acquitted by a higher court.