On what basis they (ED) have arrested Hemant Soren?”
“They did not take Pratap in custody earlier because they wanted to take Hemant (Soren) into custody and then take a production warrant and make him (Pratap) say that ‘Hemant is involved’,” he said at a press conference here.
Sibal said now Pratap would be taken into police custody and made to “implicate” Soren.
“You say that in April 2023 you knew Hemant was involved but you didn’t do any questioning from Bhanu Pratap about it, didn’t take him to police remand. Now they will take him in remand and implicate Hemant,” Sibal said.
He said the ED was making a “criminal” a star witness in the matter.
Asked if he was implying that the probe agency was creating evidence against Soren, Sibal said, “This is their job.”
“This is the kind of credibility that this organisation (ED) has, to try and implicate people, to destabilise governments and ensure sitting CMs are accused based on fabricated evidence. This is the sad state of affairs in the country,” the former Union minister said.
He alleged that the BJP wants to target opposition leaders, remove them from power and stop them from campaigning in the 2024 polls.
“They want to do politics of fear and misuse agencies to return to power,” he alleged.
Sibal said on Saturday that the Supreme Court ought to have heard the merits of the case of Soren’s arrest by the ED before refusing to interfere in it and urged the court to lay down the criteria for when it should be approached by people.