Virbhadra DA Case: CBI charge sheet complete, finds Rs 10 crore assets camouflaged via web of shell companies
SHIMLA- With the beginning of Himachal Pradesh Assembly Session, reports are coming that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has readied its charge sheet and is geared up to take the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family into court. In its final charge sheet, CBI claims that actual worth of disproportionate assets earned by the CM is Rs. 10 crore instead of previously estimated 6 crores.
The agency will soon move the court seeking permission to file the charge sheet. According to CBI, as Union Steel Minister, Mr. Singh had allegedly amassed assets worth Rs. 10 crore disproportionate to his known sources of income during 2009-12.
Last September, the CBI registered a case against Mr. Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh and others, alleging accumulation of disproportionate assets of Rs. 6.03 crore in his name and that of his family members. The agency also alleged that the money was invested in immovable properties and life insurance policies.
A large part of it was later shown as agricultural income. However, the Income Tax Department found the declaration untenable. Investigations were conducted to determine the genuineness of the documents used to back the claim. Money was also routed through several shell companies
, said an official.
Meanwhile, more people have been summoned to join the investigation in a money laundering case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told a special court on Monday.
Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar was informed by the agency that the probe is still going on in the case, after which court allowed the ED’s plea and extended accused Anand Chauhan’s judicial custody till September 3.
Advocate N K Matta, appearing for the agency, told the court that ED has summoned four more people to join the probe and presence of Chauhan, who is currently in judicial custody, was required in the matter. However, the advocate did not disclose the names of the people called to join the probe.