Multiple ED raids were conducted at premises linked to Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameshwar Oroan’s son Rohit Oraon and some others as part of a money laundering investigation linked to an alleged liquor scam in the state, official sources said.
About 34 areas in the state capital Ranchi, Dumki, Deoghar, and Godda districts are being covered by the officials of the central probe agency with CRPF for security cover. The minister’s son lived together due to which the FM accommodation is also under raid searches.
ANI reported on X, “ Ranchi | Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids the premises of Rohit Oraon, son of Jharkhand Minister Rameshwar Oraon, in connection with liquor scam. Raids are going on at multiple locations including Ranchi, Dumka, and Deoghar: Sources.”
Rameshwar Oraon, 76-year-old politician, has been elected from the Lohadarga assembly seat reserved for the Scheduled Tribes of Jharkhand. He is in charge of finance and commercial tax in the Bhartiya Mukti Morcha-led coalition state government of Hemant Soren. Rameshwar himself is a Congress MLA.
He is wrapped in infamy due to his several controversial statements including accusations at Biharis and Marwaris ‘occupying’ Jharkhand and painting the communities as outliers or his statement on Gandhi Jayanti regarding dirt in temples. He is a former Indian Police Services Officer (IPS) who served as tribal affairs for the state as well. He also headed the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) for two terms from 2010 onwards.
ED conducted raids in Chhattisgarh earlier this year.
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