Jharkhand High court dissatisfied with Hemants's representation

Chief Minister Hemant Sorens counsel Amritansh Vats had been representing the CM in a public interest lawsuit . Vats had been representing Hemant Sorens in a public interest lawsuit (PIL) about Soren and his family members operating shell firms .

The Jharkhand high court expressed surprise on Thursday over Chief Minister Hemant Sorens counsel Amritansh Vats, who had been representing the CM in a public interest lawsuit (PIL) about Soren and his family members operating shell firms but had filed the vakalatnama just a few days earlier.Vats is supposed to have submitted the vakalatnama to represent the CM in the court at the outset.A vakalatnama is a written request by a client to his legal advisor to enter a plea and argue a claim on his behalf.It also allows the counsel to file and receive petitions on behalf of his client.

Vats confessed to filing the vakalatnama just a few days earlier.The fact that the vakalatnama was submitted only a few days earlier was revealed when Delhi-based senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, speaking for Soren, requested more time on behalf of the chief minister.Arora said she hasn't been given all of the petitioner's papers, according to Arora.The bench reacted angrily to the fact that senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi had appeared for Soren and hadn't raised the issue of petitions being refused.

On further inquiry, it was discovered that Vats had appeared in the case on several occasions without a proper vakalatnama executed by Hemant Soren.Although Arora wanted a later date for the next hearing in the case, the high court wasn't keen on allowing much time and instead scheduled the hearing date on June 30 through videoconferencing.The petitioner brought two petitions against the CM to the House of Commons.While one petition refers to a public representative's possession of an office-of-profit, the other is concerned with parking illegal funds in shell companies owned by Soren and kin.