'Over 20,000 rakes, 33 lakh trucks...': Soren's 'facts and figures' letter to ED

Updated on Nov 17, 2022 12:50 PM IST

Jharkhand illegal mining scam: Hemant Soren concluded his letter to the Enforcement Directorate with a withering jab, writing, "... am sure... you have not considered (above facts and figures) while alleging a stone mining scam of ₹1,000 crores'.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren addresses the media at his residence in Ranchi before leaving for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office. (PTI Photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren addresses the media at his residence in Ranchi before leaving for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office. (PTI Photo)

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of having 'falsely implicated' him in connection with allegations of illegal mining worth 1,000 crore in the state's Sahebganj district.

He claimed Ravi Kejriwal - a former member of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - had given incorrect statements at the behest of the BJP. Kejriwal has "... since then has become my sworn enemy and I would not be surprised if he has made false allegations... to settle personal scores," the chief minister wrote.

Soren called on the Enforcement Directorate - which has summoned him for questioning this morning - to carry out a 'fair and impartial' investigation.

READ | 'I am a CM, will I flee the country?' Soren ahead of ED appearance

In a detailed letter to the ED, Soren said 'any state endowed with natural wealth is also afflicted by curse of illegal mining… Jharkhand is no exception'.

He declared himself determined stop all such activities and that he welcomed sincere aid from the central agency in that regard.

Defending himself, Soren wrote that to cause a loss of 1,000 crore from mining royalties 'over eight crore MT of stone is required to be illegally mined in Sahebganj... that is more than four times the legally mined quantity'.

He pointed out the number of trucks and rakes (to ferry the material via trains) that would be needed to transport such vast amounts of illegally mined stone.

"... in excess of 20,000 rakes or 33,00,000 trucks would be required as the capacity of each rake is about 4,000 MT and each truck is about 25 MT..."

"Apart from the impossibility of transportation, where are the crushers and ancillary logistics like tippers, etc. in Sahebganj to carry out illegal mining of four crore MT every year when legal mining is around one crore MT every year?"

Soren concluded with a withering jab, writing, "... am sure... you have not considered (above facts and figures) while alleging a scam of 1,000 crore'.

"I hope and trust you will reconsider your claims and refrain from making sensational statements unsubstantiated by any facts or figures...".

Read the full text of the letter to the ED here:

Get Latest India Newsalong with Latest Newsand Top Headlinesfrom India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals