Is Hemant Soren, the first Chief Minister to get arrested while in power? No!

List of former Chief Ministers arrested in India so far before Hemant Soren

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Kejriwal lost the opportunity as the first sitting Chief Minister to be arrested. Soren is the first.

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Explanation

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was arrested yesterday (January 31) after a seven-hour investigation after the Enforcement Directorate had summoned him several times in the case of money laundering and alleged land scam.

In this case, many social media users are claiming that Hemant Soren is the first Chief Minister to be arrested while in power. You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.


What’s the truth?

A study of the news reports revealed that Hemant Soren was not the first Chief Minister to be arrested while in power.

On June 14, 1996, a case was filed by Subramanian Swamy in the Madras court that former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had accumulated assets beyond her income during her tenure as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1991 to 96. However, the case was shelved in 2001 when she was appointed as chief minister once again.

Meanwhile, on September 27, 2014, Judge John Michael D’Cunha brought the case to a final close after eighteen years. As a result, Jayalalithaa, who was in power, received a sentence of four years in prison and a fine of one hundred crore rupees. She lost her position as Chief Minister as well as her MLAship as a result.

With this, Jayalalithaa became the first Chief Minister in India to be convicted of corruption charges while still in power.

However, she did not formally step down from her position in front of the governor before being arrested. Former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam was appointed the next Chief Minister after her conviction and she lost her post.

Subsequently, on 11 May 2015, in a 919-page judgment delivered by Justice Kumaraswamy, the value of the assets added to her income was less than 10%. Jayalalithaa was therefore acquitted of all charges by the Karnataka High Court. Later on February 14, 2017, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy delivered its final verdict after Jayalalitha’s death. Accordingly, Sasikala, J. Elavarsi, and VN Sudhakaran were sentenced to 4 years in prison and fined Rs 10 crore each.

Earlier, after DMK came to power in 1996, Jayalalithaa was arrested in 7 cases including the ‘Color TV’ and ‘Tansi land’ scams. After that, Jayalalithaa lost her post in 2001 after the Supreme Court ruled that her appointment as Chief Minister was invalid.

List of former Chief Ministers arrested in India so far:

In June 1997, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was charged for the first time in the fodder scam in a chargesheet filed by the CBI. Following the filing of the charge sheet and pressure from the opposition, he resigned as chief minister. Later, after several trials, Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to five years in prison in 2013 in the fodder scam case.

Om Prakash Chautala, former chief minister of Haryana state, was convicted in the teacher recruitment case in 2013 and served a prison sentence.

Chandrababu Naidu, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, was arrested on September 09, 2023, for alleged multi-crore corruption in the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation.

Madhu Koda, who was the Chief Minister of Jharkhand from 2006 to 2008, resigned from his post in 2008 due to corruption. Following this, he was arrested by the Vigilance Wing of the State Police on November 30, 2009, in connection with the mining scam.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate yesterday while still in power in a case related to land fraud.

Conclusion:

Thus we conclude that the reports circulating about Hemant Soren as the first Chief Minister who was arrested while in power are false.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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