Himachal CM Corruption Case: ED finds fresh leads, summons son for questioning again

SHIMLA- The Enforcement Directorate claims to have found fresh lead on investments made by the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members in money laundering case. In this connection, ED had summoned Virbhadra’s son Vikramaditya Singh for questioning on September 1, but he didn’t show up. The questioning of Vikramadiya is important considering these fresh leads, said ED. Earlier, CBI had also questioned Vikramaditya Singh seeking information on source of investments to some of his assets.

The ED, which has already attached assets of Singh worth more than Rs 8 crore, had filed a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against the CM, his wife Pratibha Singh and his LIC agent last November.

ED Files Chargesheet Against CM’s LIC Agent

The ED has filed a chargesheet in a special court on Tuesday against Virbhadra Singh’s LIC agent Anand Chauhan, who was arrested on July 9 and is in judicial custody ever since he was arrested from Chandigarh on July 9. The ED would file a supplementary chargesheet in the case later as the probe is yet to conclude.

ED also claims to has found evidence of forgery against the Himachal CM for using an antedated stamp paper. In this connection it had verified with the government’s Nashik printing press and found that Virbhadra associates had allegedly forged registers and obtained antedated stamp papers for him and concocted antedated agreements with apple dealers to justify his family income which went up from Rs 47.35 lakh before an Income Tax (I-T) raid in December 2011 to Rs 6.57 crore after the raid.

According to the revised I-T returns filed by the CM in 2012,  Virbhadra raised his family income to Rs 6.57 crore from Rs 47.35 lakhs after the case of disproportionate assets was made against him.

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