A division bench of Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad of Jharkhand High Court heard the arguments of senior advocate Kapil Sibal on behalf of the state government, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and advocate Amritansh Vats on behalf of Hemant Soren and senior advocate Tushar Mehta on behalf of ED.
After that, the date of June 1 iss fixed for hearing on the maintainability of PIL. The Bench said that by May 31, any party which has to file a reply or file a reply to the reply, should file it. After this the court will not give time. The High Court has given this direction after hearing today in the case of Chief Minister Hemant Soren mining lease allocation and investment in shell companies of CM's close associates.
The SLP of the state government, filed against the decision of the Jharkhand High Court in the case of allocation of investment and mining lease in shell companies to the close of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, was also heard in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The hearing lasted for about 1 hour. During this, the Supreme Court, after hearing the SLP of the state government, has directed the Jharkhand High Court to hear on the maintainability of pending public interest litigations.
The Jharkhand High Court's decision has been challenged in the Supreme Court by filing a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court on behalf of the state government. It has been said that the respondent Shivshankar Sharma has filed a public interest litigation in the Jharkhand High Court seeking investigation of the CBI and ED into the mining lease allotted on 88 decimil land in Angra and investment in shell companies of close friends of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, which the court has not accepted it yet.
Despite this, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is filing the report in a sealed cover. Its copy is not even being given to the aggrieved party. The government has demanded to set aside the decision of the Jharkhand High Court.