RANCHI: The ED on Friday said it had arrested a muscleman of Jharkhand
CM Hemant Soren's constituency representative Pankaj Mishra
, who is already in its custody on illegal mining charges.
ED alleged in a tweet after producing the suspect in a special PMLA court in Ranchi that Bachchu Yadav carries out illegal mining in association with Mishra.
The judge sent him to ED custody for six days. ED special public prosecutor B M P Singh and co-counsel Atish Kumar had sought 10 days' custody, saying the central agency aimed to gather information about the illicit money trail, the beneficiaries and their properties.
The ED said several cases were pending against Yadav in Sahibganj district, including those of attempted murder, extortion, intimidation and possession of illegal arms. On Friday, the ED also quizzed Soren's media adviser Abhishek Prasad alias Pintu for the third straight day over illegal mining and money laundering allegations.