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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is expected to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here tomorrow after he failed to appear before it in connection with a PMLA case last week. The agency has summoned Singh in order to record his statement and also to confront him with some documents it has seized and recovered in this case of disproportionate assets. ED had issued fresh summons for tomorrow to Singh, under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), after he failed to keep his earlier date of April 13. The CM, last week, had also sent a communication to the agency stating his reasons for not being able to appear before it all this while and had sought a new date from it, after which the new summons were issued. The ED summons have come close on the heels of filing of a charge sheet by the CBI against Singh, his wife and others for allegedlyamassing assets worth around Rs 10 crore disproportionate to their known sources of income. The agency had summoned Singh earlier also, but then he had excused himself stating he had official commitments. The ED has already questioned his wife Pratibha and son Vikramaditya in connection with the case. It had filed a case under the anti-money laundering law against the Himachal Pradesh chief minister, his family members and others after taking cognisance of a complaint filed by the CBI in this regard in September 2015. The agency is probing allegations against Singh and his family members of amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income between 2009 and 2011 when he was the Union Minister of Steel.
It has also attached assets worth about Rs 14 crore in the case. The CBI charge sheet alleged that Singh 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 final report was filed against nine people for alleged offences punishable under section 109 (abetment) and 465 (punishment for forgery) of the IPC and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, arrayed around 225 witnesses and 442 documents. Besides the 82-year-old Congress leader and his wife Pratibha Singh, the report also arraigned Chunni Lal Chauhan, Joginder Singh Ghalta, Prem Raj, Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, Lawan Kumar Roach and Ram Prakash Bhatia as accused. It also named as accused LIC agent Anand Chauhan, who is currently in judicial custody. Chauhan was arrested by the EDon July 9 last year in this money laundering case.
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