NEW DELHI: A special court in Delhi has sought response from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to provide documents related to the case of money laundering against former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought six weeks of time to file a reply but special court of Patiala House Court said that the time of six weeks is too long and directed the prob agency to respond within two weeks.
Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj directed the investigating agency to file its reply on the application of Singh and other accused by October 5.
ED had said in its charge sheet that former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, along with his wife Pratibha Singh, along with other people abd created illegal property of Rs. 7 crore, invested in LIC policy. Other accused include Virbhadra’s wife Pratibha Singh and LIC agent Anand Chauhan.
During the proceedings, the copies of the applications moved by the accused persons were received by advocate Samvedna Verma on behalf of the ED. ED filed a case of money laundering against the former CM on the basis of the complaint filed by the CBI.
Rubbishing framing of charges against him by a Special Judge, Union Minister Virbhadra Singh yesterday said the matter is sub-judice and decided to seek justice by filing a revision petition against the decision of the special court. Singh issued a statement to the press saying he had filed a writ petition in the Shimla High Court for quashing of the entire criminal case against him and his wife Pratibha.
Referring to a January 7, 2011 order of the High Court, Virbhadra Singh said the court had then observed that if the Special Judge felt there is material to frame charges against him, the judge may express his opinion to the High Court and not proceed any further. “… in that situation the writ petition will be re-heard (by the High Court) for all the reliefs as claimed therein, which included transfer of investigation to CBI,” Singh said.
The former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said in view of yesterday order the writ would be re-heard in due course by the High Court, where the matter is sub-judice. He said a “revision petition” would be filed against the decision of the Special Judge for not discharging the accused as well as not considering the material placed on records of the Special Judge by the accused. “Virtually, the battlefield has changed from Special Judge to High Court and all such steps would be taken as necessary to get complete justice,” Singh said.