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Virbhadra Singh appears before ED in money laundering case

Virbhadra alleged that ED and CBI were being misused against political opponents by the Centre

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Virbhadra Singh, CBI
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is greeted by well wishers after the High Court restrained CBI from arresting him and his wife Pratibha Singh in the disproportionate assets case, in Shimla. File Photo: PTI

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, accused in a money laundering case, appeared before the (ED) here on Thursday.

"Singh appeared before the investigating officer at the Headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday afternoon," spokesperson Anil Rawal told IANS.

The had summoned Singh in the money laundering case on April 18 and had said that he must appear before it on April 20.

Earlier, the ED had summoned him on April 13, but he failed to turn up.

The senior Congress leader had earlier allegedly avoided summons to get his statement recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

He is said to have excused himself by referring to his official commitments.

In the first week of April, the ED attached Singh's worth Rs 27.29 crore.

The agency's move came after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet against Singh and others in March for allegedly amassing assets worth Rs 6.03 crore.

The ED had filed a criminal case under the PMLA against Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha, Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan, his associate Chunni Lal, and others in 2015 following the CBI's FIR dated September 23, that year.

The case was registered after a preliminary inquiry found that Singh as Union Minister from 2009 to 2012 allegedly accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

After his was attached, the Chief Minister accused the Centre of harassing him and destabilising his government.

He alleged that central agencies like the ED and were being misused against political opponents by the Centre.

First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 15:59 IST