Virbhadra Singh appears before CBI

Fool-proof case against Virbhadra & associates in ED row, claims CBI after second day of questioning

CBI said that Mr. Singh is not co-operating and failed to provide any logical explanation when confronted with strong ‘evidences’ and that he tried to evade answering many questions.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is in Delhi, was grilled by CBI for second consecutive day over alleged disproportionate asset case. CBI has prepared a list of 110 questions for Mr. Singh. On Friday, CBI questioned Virbhadra for seven hours and asked explanations for accumulated assets worth Rs. 6.03 crore in his name and in the name of his wife and children.

However, CBI said that Mr. Singh is not co-operating and failed to provide any logical explanation when confronted with strong ‘evidences’ and that he tried to evade answering many questions. According to an official,

The CBI has a fool-proof case against him, his associates and partners in criminal conspiracy regarding the assets acquired in the name of his children and wife.

Virbhadra is alleged of accumulating these assets while serving as Union Minister during 2009-2012. The FIR filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act mentions names of his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and owner of Universal Apple Associates Limited Chunni Lal Chauhan.

CBI further stated that Mr. Singh used his unaccounted income to invest in LIC policies in his name and in the name of his family members. Using a personal contact, the income was showed as agricultural income.
Further, CBI alleged,

This was done by creation of MoU purportedly dated June 15, 2008, for maintenance of an apple orchard, with the said private person (Chauhan) for a period of three years. The private person had allegedly deposited Rs five crore cash (approx) in his own bank account and debited the same through cheques for purchasing various LIC policies in their names.

CBI also claimed that Singh allegedly attempted to legitimise the same as agricultural income by filing revised Income Tax Returns in 2012.

The agricultural income as claimed by him in his revised ITRs was not found to be tenable. The then Union Minister had allegedly accumulated other assets disproportionate to known sources of income,

said CBI

With HP Assembly Elections due in 2017, the ED case investigation is also gaining momentum, and Congress would be badly hit if CBI verifies the allegations. While, Rs. 6.2 crores sound trivial in matters of corruption, the case has given opposition something solid to hold on to.

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