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I want my Cabinet seat back: Soren

September 13, 2004 13:41 IST

Former Union minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Sibu Soren on Monday demanded that he should be taken back into the Cabinet.

"I want my ministerial berth back. I am not going to go back on my stand as all cases against me are politically motivated," he said after emerging from a Delhi courtroom where he appeared in connection with the Sashinath Jha murder case.

Soren, flanked by his lawyers, said he would also meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later in the day in this regard.

Soren, an accused in the case, appeared at Tis Hazari in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Indermeet Kaur Kochchar, who posted the matter for further hearing to October 25.

In August the judge had issued a production warrant to the superintendent of Jamtara Jail in Jharkhand, where the JMM chief was lodged in connection with the Chirudih massacre case. He was granted bail in that case last week.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, meanwhile, moved an application for production of a DNA report in the case, which had suggested that the exhumed skeleton was not that of Jha.

The CBI has alleged that Jha was abducted from Dhaula Kuan area in Delhi on May 22, 1994 and taken to Piska Nagari village near Ranchi, where he was murdered.

The case was registered on June 2, 1994 with the Parliament Street police station in New Delhi on a complaint lodged by Amar Nath Jha, the victim's elder brother.

Knowledge of the alleged deal between the Congress and JMM to save the Narasimha Rao government during the July 1993 no-confidence motion and an act of sodomy reportedly led to Jha's murder, the CBI claimed.

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