Virbhadra Singh question for the 2nd day by CBI
The CBI questioned Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh for the 2nd consecutive day in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case against him. Agency sources claimed that when confronted with evidence he was unable to offer any explanation. The questioning lasted 7 hours. The CBI claimes that Singh amassed as much as Rs.6 crores during his tenure as the Union Minister.
The Central Bureau of Investigation lodged a case against HP CM Virbhadra Singh in a corruption case. The bureau booked him for having assets worth Rs.6.1 crore irregular to his known sources of income between 2009 and 2011, while he was the union minister. He was also blamed for providing favours in return of unsecured loans from private firms.
13 of Virbhadra Singh's properties like his houses in Shimla and Delhi were raided by the CBI The search also included premises which were connected to his associates in Solan. CBI officials also raided Singh's department at the Secretariat. CBI sources claimed that documents associated to properties and finances, pen drives and hard disks were recovered from these properties.
The raids came on the day of Virbhadra Singh's daughter's wedding. He had told CBI that his house was "open to you for any kind of search or investigations. I will return soon to assist you."
The BJP submitted a memorandum to the Governor of the state and later demanded the resignation of Virbhadra Singh to warrant fair and free trial in the corruption case. The chief minister, however, rebuffed the call for his resignation. Previously, the Himachal Pradesh High Court had held back the CBI from arresting Singh and his wife.
The Supreme Court upheld the Himachal Pradesh High Court's verdict in the case of corruption in which Virbhadra Singh was absolved on December 24, 2012, one day before he became the chief minister of HP. Rejecting the petition which challenged the Himachal High Court injunction, the bench headed by Justice Vikramajit Sen declined from entertaining a request for a judicial arbitration.
The State Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a workers' protest in Shimla and demanded Virbhadra Singh's resignation after the registration of a FIR and CBI raids in the disproportionate assets case. The party leaders alleged that Mr. Singh 's engagement in the corruption cases had also transformed the image of Himachal Pradesh which was "considered a peaceful state with honest residents."
The CBI sought custodial interrogation of Virbhadra Singh Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife in a corruption case and moved the Supreme Court. CBI asked for the plea to be heard urgently. It challenged HP High Court's order awarding protection against arrest to Singh and his spouse saying it had stalled inquiry into the case.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate to appear before it in the money laundering case that is being investigating against Singh. Mr Singh has been given the choice of skipping attendance before the agency since its the first summons. If he does make the appearance it will be in the first week of December.
The Enforcement Directorate stated that it had enough evidence against HP CM Virbhadra Singh in the disproportionate assets case. ED said it had uncovered "allegedly forged registers, obtained ante-dated stamp papers and concocted back-dated agreements with apple dealers". ED said these were used to justify Singh's income jump from Rs.47.35 lakh (2011) to Rs.6.57 crore after the tax department began the investigations against him.
The Delhi HC asked the Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh to cooperate with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the ongoing investigation in the disproportionate assets case. The CBI was told that it could not arrest Singh or his wife without the court's consent. The CBI protested against the order saying it should be given a 'free hand' to complete the probe.