The top court has deferred the hearing of the Special Leave Petition of the Hemant Soren government and ordered the petitioner to submit all records connected with the matter for which SLP was filed.

The bench has deferred the hearing till August 15. This directive of the Supreme Court means that the petitioner - the Jharkhand government and CM Hemant Soren have to submit records of the PIL seeking a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the grant of mining leases.

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Earlier, the Supreme Court had on Monday agreed to list for hearing two separate pleas of the Jharkhand government and Chief Minister Hemant Soren against an order of the high court which had accepted the maintainability of a PIL for a probe against the CM into alleged irregularities in grant of mining leases.

A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli took note of the submissions of senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Meenakshi Arora, who appeared for the Jharkhand government and the chief minister respectively, that the matters needed an urgent hearing.

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