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Chronology of events leading to Soren's conviction

The saga of Shibu Soren, who earned the dubious distinction of being the first union minister to be convicted for murder, began 13 years ago.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 19:53 IST

The saga of Shibu Soren, who earned the dubious distinction of being the first union minister to be convicted for murder, began 13 years ago.

July 1993: Shibu Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) votes against a no-confidence motion in parliament to save the Narasimha Rao government allegedly for a price.

May 1994: Soren's personal assistant Shashi Nath Jha, who apparently knew about the bribes, reported missing.

1998: Jha's skeleton exhumed, CBI files chargesheet against Soren and others in the Jha murder case.

2004: Soren joins the Manmohan Singh government as coal minister.

July 2004: Soren resigns after an arrest warrant was issued against him for his alleged involvement in mass killing in his native place.

March 2, 2005: Appointed chief minister of Jharkhand.

March 11, 2005: Resigns as chief minister after failing to get majority.

Jan 2006: Re-inducted into Manmohan Singh's cabinet as coal minister.

Nov 2006: Convicted for abduction and murder of Jha.

First Published: Nov 28, 2006 19:09 IST