Mining lease allotment case: Jharkhand High Court's instructions to ED - present the documents found in the raid in a closed envelope

Pankaj Prasad
Pankaj Prasad 14/05/2022 08:56 IST
Mining lease allotment case, Jharkhand High Court, Tushar Mehta, Supreme Court, ED

Yesterday, a hearing was held in the Jharkhand High Court in the matter of investment and mining lease allocation in shell companies, in which the Dalat was told that raids have been conducted on the premises of IAS officers and their close friends, in which many documents have been found.

Ranchi: In the High Court, the ED said on Friday that it has recently raided the premises of a senior IAS officer and his close associates in corruption cases, in which many documents have been found, which are alarming. We want to present it before the court, because ED cannot register an FIR on its own cognizance. If these documents are investigated by the police, then they will be plagued with ill-will, as the names of many influential people may come out.

Tushar Mehta, senior advocate of the Supreme Court, presented the ED's side to the VC. On this the bench said that the court would also like to see the document. The ED was directed to submit the documents in a sealed cover. The ED has been asked to submit the documents in a sealed cover through the Registrar General. The bench said that special bench will be constituted in summer vacation and hearing will be held on May 17 at 2.15 pm. A division bench of Chief Justice Dr. Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad heard from the VC on the PIL filed in the High Court in the matter of investment in shell companies and allocation of mining leases by the close of the CM.

High Court said

There are reports of illegal mining of sand, stone and coal every day, which are very worrying.

Why did the Mines Department official not file the affidavit?

all sides will be heard

On the request of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, the bench said that the maintainability of the PIL will also be heard. Court will hear all the parties. It also said that if the petition appears to be made out of personal enmity or malice, then the court will not shy away from imposing heavy fine. On behalf of the state government, senior Supreme Court advocate Kapil Sibal and Advocate General Rajiv Ranjan raised questions on the maintainability of the petition.

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He said that both the PILs are not maintainable. The Supreme Court has given judgments in many cases. Guidelines have been issued. The petitioner has filed the petition due to years old personal enmity and not for public interest. This PIL is targeted. It has been filed to remove enmity from the Chief Minister and his family. As per the guidelines of the Supreme Court, this petition should be dismissed, it is not maintainable. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and advocate Amritansh Vats were present on behalf of Hemant Soren.

Category: India: Jharkhand


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