Published On: Fri, Mar 31st, 2017

HC rejects Himachal CM Virbhadra’s plea

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a plea by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh seeking the cancellation of an FIR registered by the CBI against him and his wife in a corruption case.

Central Bureau of Investigation had registered the case on September 23, 2016

The Central Bureau of Investigation had registered the case on September 23, 2016, under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the Chief Minister, his wife Pratibha Singh, Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan and an associate Chunni Lal.

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

The Chief Minister’s counsel had argued that the permission of the state government and Home Department was not sought before raiding his residence.

On October 1, 2015, the Himachal Pradesh High Court in an interim order had restrained the CBI from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet against Virbhadra Singh without its permission.

The matter was later transferred to the Delhi High Court.

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