29 November 2022

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday asked Jharkhand Mukti Morcha ( JMM ) Chief Shibu Soren to file a reply on a plea moved by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey challenging the stay order by the court granted in favor of the Soren in a Disproportionate Assets ( DA ) case.

On September 12, the High court stayed the proceedings before Lokpal against Jhark hand Mukti Morcha Chief and Rajyasabha MP Shibu Soren in a Disproportionate Assets ( DA ) case. These proceedings were initiated on the complaint filed by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey in August 2020. Justice Yashwant Var ma issued notice and granted two weeks ‘ time to file a reply on the application moved by Dubey. Senior advocate Arunabh Chaudhury and advocate Vaibhav Tomar appeared on behalf of Soren. They accepted the notice. The matter has been listed on November 10.

HC seeks response from Shibu
HC seeks response from Shibu

The plea on behalf of Dubey stated that there is enough evidence and material to show that the petitioner has amassed huge wealth and disproportionate assets beyond his known source of income.

It is also said that the court should not have come to the rescue of the petitioner at this stage where the Lokpal was in the process of examining and analyzing the material before it, the plea contended. The court had granted relief to Soren after hearing the submissions made by senior advocate Kapil Sibal on behalf of Shibu Soren. The court stayed the proceedings before Lokpal till the next date of hearing on December 14, 2022. The court has issued notice to the respondents.

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