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Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh chargesheeted in disproportionate assets case

Delhi HC removed interim stay on alleged offences punishable under IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Virbhadra Singh
Virbhadra Singh

Chief Minister and his wife were Friday charge-sheeted by the in a special here in a disproportionate assets case, hours after the High denied him any relief and removed the interim stay on his interrogation or arrest.

The charge sheet was filed against nine people including the 82-year-old the leader before special judge Virender Kumar Goyal for alleged offences punishable under section 109 (abetment) of and Prevention of Corruption Act.

It also named LIC agent Anand Chauhan who is currently in judicial custody. Chauhan was arrested by (ED) on July 9 last year in a separate money laundering case related to the present case.

The development came hours after the High dismissed the chief minister and his wife's plea seeking quashing of the DA case filed against them by the

Justice Vipin Sanghi also vacated the High Court's interim order of October 1, 2015 restraining the from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet in the case without the court's permission.

Singh has sought directions from the High to quash the FIR registered against him and his wife under Sections 13(2) and 13(1)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 109 of by the on September 23, 2015 here and urged the to summon records of the preliminary inquiry and the FIR.

Virbhadra and his wife Pratibha Singh have claimed in their plea that there was no order, direction or judgment by any that had authorised the to inquire, investigate or register regular cases and exercise jurisdiction in the territory of

Singh had on October 1, 2015 got an interim order from the High restraining the from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet in the case without the court's permission.

The matter was transferred by the Supreme to the High Court, which on April 6, 2016 had asked not to arrest Singh and had directed him to join the probe.

On November 5 last year, the apex had transferred Singh's plea from HC to HC, saying it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, but "simply" transferring the petition "in interest of justice and to save the institution (judiciary) from any embarrassment".

The charge sheet running into over 500 pages also arrayed Chunni Lal Chauhan, Joginder Singh Ghalta, Prem Raj, Lawan Kumar Roach, Vakamulla Chandrasekhar and Ram Prakash Bhatia as accused in the final report.

The report, filed under section 109 (abetment) and 465 (punishment for forgery) of and under various sections of PC Act claims that the politician had amassed assets worth around Rs 10 crore which were disproportionate by 192 per cent of his total income during his tenure as a Union Minister.

The chargesheet, moved before the through public prosecutor P K Dogra, has arrayed around 225 witnesses and 442 documents.

First Published: Fri, March 31 2017. 18:38 IST