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.
A Shimla court here on Monday framed corruption charges against Union minister and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh.
Special Judge BL Soni pronounced the order in the court.
The prosecution had filed the chargesheet against the couple in October 2010.
According to the police, the couple was bookedin Aug 3, 2009 on the basis of an audio cassette released by Virbhadra Singh’s political adversary Vijai Singh Mankotia in 2007.
The former chief minister Virbhadra Singh faces charges of misusing his official position and criminal misconduct in 1989.
Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal’s remark against MPs came back to haunt him Sunday as union minister Virbhadra Singh threatened to sue him while Congress MP Jagdambika Pal served a privilege notice against the activist.
In a letter dated March 27, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Virbhadra Singh referred to Kejriwal’s list of 14 ministers, including him, against whom the activist demanded investigation for corruption charges.
The Congress leader said that one of the allegations against him was that he was filmed demanding bribe from a government officer.
“I dare you to produce any such film before you demand any action against me,” wrote Virbhadra Singh.
“I therefore suggest that you tender an unconditional apology for maligning my name and levelling incorrect allegations, failing which I will be constrained to consider legal action against you,” he added.
Jagdambika Pal, Lok Sabha MP from Domariyaganj constituency in Uttar Pradesh, in his letter to Speaker Meira Kumar alleged that Kejriwal’s remarks “demeaned the institution of parliament, its custodian and its members”.
“The absurdity, venom, character assassination of parliament and its members, casts reflection on them,” wrote the Congress MP.
“Baseless charges have been levelled by Shri Arvind Kejriwal against the union ministers, the members of the house, labelling them as criminals and even questioning the proceedings of the house,” he added.