NEW DELHI: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today Appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here in Connection with a Money Laundering Case Registered against Him & Others.Singh Arrived at the Agency’s Office here
The Agency has Summoned Singh in order to Record his Statement in this Case & also to Confront him with some Documents it has Seized & Recovered in this Case of Disproportionate Assets.The CM, last week, had also sent a Communication to the Agency Stating his reasons for not being able to Appear before it all this while & had Sought a New Date from it, after which the New Summons were Issued for today.
The ED had yesterday Refused to Give any Assurance in the Delhi High Court that it will not Arrest Singh when he Appears before it.
The Submission was made before Justice R K Gauba by the ED during the Hearing of Singh’s Plea for Quashing of the Money Laundering Proceedings against him.
The ED Summons have come close on the Heels of Filing of a Charge Sheet by the CBI against Singh, his Wife & others for Allegedly Amassing Assets Worth around Rs 10 Crore Disproportionate to their known Sources of Income.
The Agency had Summoned Singh earlier also, but then he had Excused himself Stating he had Official Commitments.
The ED has already Questioned his Wife Pratibha & son Vikramaditya in Connection with the Case.
It had Filed a Case under the Anti-Money Laundering Law against the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, his Family Members & others after taking Cognisance of a Complaint Filed by the CBI in this regard in September 2015.
The Agency is Probing Allegations against Singh & his Family Members of Amassing Wealth Disproportionate to their known Sources of Income between 2009 & 2011 when he was the Union Minister of Steel. It has also Attached Assets Worth about Rs 14 Crore in the Case.
The CBI Charge Sheet Alleged that Singh had Amassed Assets Worth around Rs 10 Crore which were Disproportionate by 192 % of his Total Income during his Tenure as a Union Minister.
The Final report was Filed against 9 Persons for Alleged Offences Punishable under Section 109 (abetment) & 465 (punishment for forgery) of the IPC & relevant Provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Arrayed around 225 Witnesses & 442 Documents.
Besides the 82 Year-old Congress Leader & his Wife Pratibha Singh, the report also Arraigned Chunni Lal Chauhan, Joginder Singh Ghalta, Prem Raj, Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, Lawan Kumar Roach & Ram Prakash Bhatia as Accused.