The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday questioned Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand Dhiraj Prasad Sahu for around 11 hours in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged land fraud, in which the agency recently arrested the former chief minister Hemant Soren, officials said.
Sahu, 64, entered the regional emergency service office here around 11am and left at 10pm.
He was called in for questioning again Sunday because the interrogation could not be completed, authorities said.
The Congress MP was in the news in December last year after the Income Tax Department confiscated his $351.8 crore cash during raids on premises linked to Odisha-based Boudh Distillery Pvt. Ltd, promoted by his family.
The ED is recording Sahu’s statement in connection with his alleged links with Soren and a luxury car that was seized by the agency from the JMM CEO’s residence in Delhi during a search last month, officials said.
According to officials, ED sleuths found the car key at a Jharkhand government-rented property in south Delhi and took the vehicle with them after completing raids there.
When asked about the interrogation issue after leaving the ED office, the Congress MP said it was about the luxury vehicle.
“There is not much… The vehicle did not belong to the former CM and is owned by someone else… Investigations are ongoing into this,” Sahu said.
On whether the car belonged to him, Sahu said: “This is wrong… this is a lie.”
When asked about the money allegedly recovered from the vehicle, the MP said: “I have nothing to do with that…That car is not mine.”
Meanwhile, according to sources, a WhatsApp group has been scrutinized by the federal agency where some people linked to the case discussed the ownership details of the BMW car seized in Delhi.
Sahibganj Deputy Commissioner Ramniwas Yadav and Soren’s media advisor Abhishek Prasad alias Pintu also appeared before the ED on Saturday for questioning in a money laundering probe linked to alleged illegal mining in the state, officials said.
ED detectives had questioned Prasad for several hours in connection with Friday’s case.
Meanwhile, Bhanu Pratap Prasad, another accused in the Hemant Soren-related money laundering case, was on Saturday taken to a land in Bargain Circle in Ranchi that the ED said belonged to the former chief minister.
Bhanu Pratap Prasad, a former sub-inspector of the Jharkhand government’s revenue department who is in ED custody in connection with the case, was brought there as part of the investigation, officials said.
Soren was arrested on the night of January 31 after he resigned as Jharkhand chief minister. His successor was Champai Soren, party leader and Transport Minister.