Saturday, December 2, 2023

Lokpal case hearing on Shibu Soren completed in Delhi High Court, verdict reserved

New Delhi: The hearing in the case related to the Lokpal of India’s investigation on Jharkhand Mukti Morcha supremo and Rajya Sabha MP Shibu Soren was completed in the Delhi High Court on Monday. After hearing all the parties in this case, the court has reserved its decision.

This case is related to Shibu Soren’s alleged amassing of assets beyond his income. In this case, investigation proceedings were initiated by the Lokpal of India, against which Soren had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court. Earlier, while hearing this petition, the court had stayed the proceedings initiated against him by the Lokpal of India. At present, this ban remains in place till the court’s decision.

On Monday, the hearing in this case was completed in the court of Delhi High Court judge Justice Subramaniam Prasad. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Pragya Singh Baghel argued on behalf of Soren, while Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta argued on behalf of Lokpal. Let us tell you that a complaint of acquiring disproportionate assets in the name of Shibu Soren and his family members was filed before the Lokpal on 5 August 2020. It was said that Soren and his family members have made many properties from the money earned through corruption and misuse of Jharkhand’s government treasury. These also include many benami residential and commercial properties. Hearing this complaint, the Full Bench of Lokpal on September 15, 2020 directed the CBI to register a PE (Preliminary Inquiry) in the case under Section 20 (1) (A) of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 and submit the report within six months.

After investigating the case, the CBI had submitted a report to the Lokpal in March 2021 and subsequently on July 1, 2021, giving complete details of the assets of the Soren family and their income tax returns. On the basis of this, the Lokpal had sent a notice to Shibu Soren and his family members seeking their opinion.

After this, in the light of the response received from the Soren family members, the CBI filed the final PE report with the Lokpal on June 29 last year. In this, the CBI has said that Soren and his family members have created many benami properties more than the known and declared sources of income. Lokpal had said in his order that on the basis of perusal of the detailed report of CBI, it has been found that proceedings under Section 20(3) should be initiated in this case. In this connection, a notice was issued to Shibu Soren by the Lokpal.

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