New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday ruled that the PIL alleging charges of money laundering and irregularities in granting mining leases against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, is not maintainable.
The Supreme Court has set aside the judgement of the Jharkahand High Court who found the petition maintainable. It has also allowed an appeal filed by the state government in the matter.
A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit, with Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia were hearing the case.
After receiving a sealed covered document by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand HC had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to initiate probe into the matter.
The acceptance of the confidential document was objected by the state which was rejected by the court. The court had then, asked the state government to submit details on the 16 FIRs filed in regards of an alleged MGNREGA scam.
The court had also taken note that a Mining Secretary was arrested and suspended in connection with the matters.
After which, the state government moved to the Supreme Court seeking its intervention in the matter. On May 24, the top court directed the High Court to decide upfront the maintainability of the PILs.