New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday lodged a case against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and also raided at 11 places including his residences in Delhi and Himachal. The CBI has started their raids on the same day when CM’s daughter in getting married.
The agency has been probing the disproportionate assets acquired by Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, his son Vikramaditya Singh, his daughter Aparajita Singh and a LIC agent Anand Chauhan. The enquiry on Saturday finally turned into an FIR and CBI teams immediately decided to launch their raids.
CBI has claimed that Singh and his family illegally acquired income/assets worth Rs. 6.1 crore when the current Himachal CM was serving as the steel minister from 2009 to 2011.
The CBI officials also claimed that Singh, while holding the charge as Union Steel Minister, had invested his illegal income through LIC agent Anand Chauhan by obtaining LIC policies in his and his family’s name and tried to show that he acquired that income from agricultural sources.
CBI has been probing bribery charges against Singh ever since October 2013 and had also questioned him in early 2014, reported the sources.
The CBI had in the past had informed the High Court that it may probe allegations of corruption and bribery against Singh while serving as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister in 2002 after the court delivered the required orders.
CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) last October 2013 after a complaint lodged by State Trading Corporation (STC) urging the investigation agency to probe payments made to STC officials by private companies.