Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh accuses CBI of not furnishing complete FIR

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has moved a Delhi court accusing the CBI of not furnishing before it the complete copy of the FIR registered against him and others in a disproportionate assets case. In an application moved before Special Judge Vinod Kumar, 81-year-old Singh has said the agency should be directed to file the complete copy of the First Information Report in the court.

The copy of his application was supplied to CBI and the court fixed the matter for hearing tomorrow. “An application has been moved on behalf of applicant Virbhadra Singh praying that annexures, as mentioned in para five of the FIR, were not sent to this court along with the copy of FIR,” the court noted in its order.

“Hence, it is prayed that directions may be issued to CBI to file complete copy of the FIR to the applicant. Copy of the application is supplied. To come up for further proceedings on November 6,” the judge said.

CBI had registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE), which was converted into a regular case this September, against Singh and his family members for allegedly amassing wealth of Rs 6.1 crore, alleging it was disproportionate to their known sources of income during 2009-11 when he was serving as Union Minister of Steel in the UPA government. CBI had lodged the FIR under Prevention of Corruption Act, naming Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and Chunni Lal Chauhan.

The agency has claimed that during this period, Singh, a six-time Chief Minister, had invested Rs 6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members’ names through Chauhan. In an unprecedented action on a serving Chief Minister, CBI had on September 26 searched his official residence and 10 other places in connection with the case, the day of the marriage of his daughter.

Searches were also carried out at his official residence in Delhi, his two houses in Shimla and Rampur and a farm house in Mehrauli in South Delhi which is in the name of his son Vikramaditya Singh.