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Shibu Soren surrenders

Jamtara, (Jharkhand), August 2
In a double blow to beleaguered JMM chief Shibu Soren, a court here today rejected his bail plea and sent him to 14 days’ judicial custody after he surrendered in compliance with a high court directive while a Giridih court rejected his revision petition against a non-bailable arrest warrant.

Hundreds of his supporters gathered outside the Jamtara court where Soren, who emerged from hiding three days ago, walked in waving to his supporters.

Fearing law and order problem, the state government has beefed up security and the Rapid Action Force was deployed at various places to deal with any eventuality.

Soren, who resigned from the Union Cabinet late last month following issuance of a non-bailable warrant by the court in connection with 1975 Chirrudih massacre, would be lodged in a makeshift jail — the chamber of the Principal of the Jamtara Women’s College. He is later expected to be shifted to Hazaribag jail.

The Jamtara District and Sessions Fast Track court before which he surrendered rejected his bail plea and sent him to 14 days’ judicial remand.

An hour later Giridih District and Sessions Judge Pradeep Kumar turned down his prayer for recalling an arrest warrant issued in 1981 by the Chief Judicial Magistrate in a 1974 murder case.

Soren has been insisting that all his cases were related to either “struggle” against landlords and money-lenders or the statehood movement.

Jamtara District and Sessions Judge Udai Narain Mishra rejected Soren’s bail plea on the grounds that he misused dates and did not cooperate causing delay in hearing of the case. The court set August 13 as the next date of hearing.

At a separate hearing before the Giridih District and Sessions Judge, Soren’s counsel unsuccessfully pleaded for recall of the non-bailable warrants issued against the JMM chief by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in that district. — PTI


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