Delhi HC dismisses Virbhadra’s plea to quash PMLA case

Delhi HC dismisses Virbhadra's plea to quash PMLA case
Delhi HC dismisses Virbhadra’s plea to quash PMLA case

The Delhi High Court today refused to quash the money laundering case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and son.

The court dismissed the petitions of Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, son Vikramaditya Singh and another person Chunni Lal.

“The petitions are devoid of substance, consequentially the same are dismissed,” Justice R K Gauba said.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED)had earlier summoned 83- year-old Singh, his wife and son for questioning in this regard.

The ED had in September 2015 lodged the case against the chief minister and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of a criminal complaint filed by the CBI.

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HP CM says DA case political vendetta,Digvijaya blames Jaitley

HP CM says DA case political vendetta,Digvijaya blames Jaitley
HP CM says DA case political vendetta,Digvijaya blames Jaitley

Top Congress leaders today termed as “political vendetta” the disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife and even alleged that the case was filed at the instance of Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

While 82-year old Virbhadra Singh himself said the case was a fallout of “political vendetta” and he would fight and win this “long battle”, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh dragged Jaitley in the matter alleging that the case was filed at the instance of the BJP leader.

“It’s a political vendetta. It’s a long battle and I will fight and win the case,” the Chief Minister said.

Digvijaya Singh, who stood surety for Virbhadra Singh who was granted bail in the case by a Delhi court, said the case was “part of a campaign” against the Virbhadra Singh since he took action against alleged corrupt practices in the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.

“He (Virbhadra) is falsely implicated at the instance of Jaitley,” Digvijaya Singh told reporters outside the court.

He also asked the Prime Minister to start investigation into the alleged role of Jaitley in cricket bodies.

“The Prime Minister should start investigation against Jaitley since he says that ‘neither I will eat (indulge in corruption), nor allow others to do so’. It is not only us (Congress), but even their own MP Kirti Azad has made allegations against Jaitley,” the Congress leader said.

He also said that Virbhadra Singh was one of the longest- serving Chief Ministers of the country and his honesty was “well known”.

The Congress leader and his wife Pratibha Singh were granted bail by a special court here in connection with a nearly Rs 10 crore disproportionate assets case on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each and one surety of the like amount.

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Virbhadra, wife appear in Delhi court in disproportionate assets case

Virbhadra, wife appear in Delhi court in disproportionate assets case
Virbhadra, wife appear in Delhi court in disproportionate assets case

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife today appeared in a special court here in connection with a nearly Rs 10 crore disproportionate assets case and sought bail.

However, the judge posted the matter for argument to May 29 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought time to file a reply to the bail pleas by Singh, his wife Pratibha and the others chargesheeted in the case.

The CBI chargesheet, running into over 500 pages, has claimed that Singh had amassed assets worth around Rs 10 crore which were disproportionate to his total income during his tenure as a Union minister.

The final report, filed against Singh and eight others for the offences including forgery and corruption, arrayed around 225 witnesses and 442 documents.

The report also named as accused LIC agent Anand Chauhan, who is at present in judicial custody.

Chauhan was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on July 9 last year in a separate money laundering case related to the DA case.

The matter was transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court, which on April 6, 2016 had asked the CBI not to arrest Singh and directed him to join the probe.

On November 5 last year, the apex court had transferred Singh’s plea from the Himachal Pradesh High Court to the Delhi High Court, saying it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, but “simply” transferring the petition “in interest of justice and to save the institution (judiciary) from any embarrassment”.

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Delhi HC denies bail to LIC agent in PMLA case involving Virbhadra

Delhi HC denies bail to LIC agent in PMLA case involving Virbhadra
Delhi HC denies bail to LIC agent in PMLA case involving Virbhadra

The Delhi High Court today denied bail to LIC agent Anand Chauhan in a money laundering case involving Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and others.

“I have dismissed this petition (bail application),” Justice Vipin Sanghi said.

Chauhan is in judicial custody since his arrest in July last year.

During the hearing on his bail plea earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had claimed that there was ample evidence against him and there was serious apprehension that he could tamper with evidence if released on bail.

The accused had approached the high court challenging the trial court’s August 20 last year order dismissing his bail plea, saying there was “more than sufficient material” to show his involvement in the alleged offence.

The ED had alleged that Virbhadra Singh had “invested huge amount in purchasing LIC policies in his own name and his family members through Chauhan.”

Chauhan was arrested from Chandigarh on July 9, 2016 under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act after the ED alleged that he was not cooperating with the probe.

Chauhan had sought bail on the ground that the case against him was documentary in nature and there was no need to keep him in custody. He had claimed of having joined and cooperated with the agency in the ongoing probe.

In a separate case, Virbhadra Singh and his wife were on March 31 charge sheeted by the CBI in a special court here in a disproportionate assets case after the High Court refused to quash FIR against them and lifted the stay on their arrest.

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Court fixes Feb 27 for consideration of charge sheet

Court fixes Feb 27 for consideration of charge sheet
Court fixes Feb 27 for consideration of charge sheet

A special court today fixed February 27 for consideration of charge sheet against LIC agent Anand Chauhan in a money laundering case allegedly involving Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

“Advocate for the accused seeks one more adjournment for scrutinising the documents. Request allowed. Put up the matter for February 27,” Special Judge Virender Kr Goyal said.

The court had on September 7 last year taken cognisance of the charge sheet filed against Chauhan, while asking the Enforcement Directorate to provide him a copy of the final report and other documents.

The charge sheet was filed for offences under sections 3 (money-laundering) and 4 (punishment for the offence) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Act.

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Virbhadra PMLA case: Court fixes Feb 8 for scrutiny of docs

Virbhadra PMLA case: Court fixes Feb 8 for scrutiny of docs
Virbhadra PMLA case: Court fixes Feb 8 for scrutiny of docs

A special court has fixed February 8 for scrutiny of documents in a money laundering case involving Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in which LIC agent Anand Chauhan has been chargesheeted.

“Advocate for the accused seeks one more adjournment for scrutinising the documents. Request allowed. Put up the matter for further scrutiny of the documents on February 8, 2017,” Special Judge Vinod Kumar said.

The court had on September 7 last year taken cognisance of the charge sheet filed against Chauhan,, while asking the Enforcement Directorate to provide him a copy of the final report and other documents.

The charge sheet was filed for offences under sections 3 (money-laundering) and 4 (punishment for the offence) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Act.

Chauhan was arrested from Chandigarh on July 9 last year under the provisions of PMLA on the grounds that he was allegedly not cooperating with the probe.

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Virbhadra PMLA case: Court fixes Jan 12 for scrutiny of docs

Virbhadra PMLA case: Court fixes Jan 12 for scrutiny of docs
Virbhadra PMLA case: Court fixes Jan 12 for scrutiny of docs

A special court has fixed January 12 for scrutiny of documents in a money laundering case involving Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in which LIC agent Anand Chauhan has been chargesheeted.

“Put up the matter for scrutiny of documents on January 12, 2017,” Special Judge Vinod Kumar said.

The court also allowed Chauhan, who is in judicial custody, to file a “proper application” seeking certain documents which have allegedly not been supplied by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

“The advocate for accused (Chauhan) submits that on scrutiny it is found that some documents are yet to be supplied by the prosecution (ED) and an adjournment is sought on the ground that the accused will move a proper application in this regard. I allow the request,” the judge said.

The court had on September 7 last year taken cognisance on the charge sheet filed against Chauhan,, while asking ED to provide him a copy of the final report and other documents.

The charge sheet was filed for offences under sections 3 (money-laundering) and 4 (punishment for the offence) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Act.

Chauhan was arrested from Chandigarh on July 9 last year under the provisions of PMLA on the grounds that he was allegedly not cooperating with the probe.

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‘CBI needs state’s consent to probe a state case’

'CBI needs state's consent to probe a state case'
‘CBI needs state’s consent to probe a state case’

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, accused in a disproportionate assets case along with others, today claimed in Delhi High Court that CBI cannot on its own decide to probe offences outside Delhi without the consent of the concerned state.

His counsel told Justice Vipin Sanghi that in the instant matter, the alleged offence was committed in Himachal Pradesh as the disproportionate assets were located there and hence the police of that state should have been probing it.

“CBI cannot investigate matters outside Delhi without the consent of the state concerned. Where disproportionate assets are located, that is where offence is committed,” senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Singh, said.

Sibal argued that it was not a case of corruption where office of a public servant is relevant. “It is a case of disproportionate assets where location of assets is relevant.”

He said CBI “cannot be used as a instrument of oppression” by going after matters in other states.

He also questioned why an FIR was not lodged in Himachal Pradesh. “Nobody stopped registration of FIR in Himachal Pradesh. What prevented them from lodging FIR there?”

“CBI or the central government cannot arrogate to itself the power that whatever happens in a state, it will investigate. That will destroy the federal structure of government,” Sibal said.

He said if the probe by state police was found to be unsatisfactory, then the court could have been approached to monitor the investigation or to order a CBI probe.

The court listed the matter tomorrow when it will hear arguments on behalf of the state government on whether its consent was required for CBI to probe the case.

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DA case probe against Virbhadra Singh, others complete: CBI

DA case probe against Virbhadra Singh, others complete: CBI
DA case probe against Virbhadra Singh, others complete: CBI

CBI today told Delhi High Court that its investigation in a disproportionate assets (DA) case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and others was “complete” and it wanted to file the charge sheet in the matter.

The agency told Justice Vipin Sanghi that a case was made out against Virbhadra and others and since the investigation was over, they would like to file a charge sheet.

Additional Solicitor General P S Patwalia said that as per the order passed earlier by the Himachal Pradesh High Court, CBI cannot file a charge sheet without that court’s permission.

“Himachal Pradesh High Court says charge sheet cannot be filed. Now investigation is over. Our challan (charge sheet) is ready. We want to file the challan. A case is made out against them,” Patwalia said.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court in an interim order passed on October 1, 2015, had restrained the agency from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet against Singh in the case without the court’s permission.

The matter was later transferred by Supreme Court to Delhi High Court, but the interim order has not yet been vacated or stayed.

During the hearing today, Patwalia said the CBI had moved an application in the high court here for modification of the order passed by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

The court, however, said it would hear arguments in the matter on the next date of hearing on September 8.

The Delhi High Court on April 6 this year had directed CBI not to arrest Singh while asking him to join the probe.

The direction had come when the court was disposing of CBI’s application seeking vacation of the Himachal Pradesh High Court’s order, which, the agency claimed, had “seriously held up” its investigation in the case.

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No plan to detain Virbhadra Singh”s children: CBI tells Delhi HC

No plan to detain Virbhadra Singh''s children: CBI tells Delhi HC
No plan to detain Virbhadra Singh”s children: CBI tells Delhi HC

CBI today informed Delhi High Court that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s two children have been called as witnesses for questioning in a disproportionate assets case and there was “no plan” to detain them.

The CBI said this after Justice P S Teji asked the probe agency to clearly state whether they intended to detain Virbhadra’s son Vikramaditya Singh and daughter Aprajita Kumari during questioning.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Vikramaditya and Aprajita in which they were seeking protection from arrest, contending that they have been called by CBI for questioning as witnesses today and tommorow.

Senior advocate Ashwani Kumar, who appeared for them, told the court that Virbhadra Singh and his wife have been named as accused in the FIR along with others, but neither Aprajita nor Vikramaditya have been named.

“We will join but we apprehend that they (CBI) can detain us, so the court should protect them from arrest,” he said.

To this, the court asked CBI, “are you intending to detain the petitioners. Be clear on it factually.”

Responding to the court’s query, CBI’s counsel Sanjeev Bhandari said “they have been called as witnesses for certain clarifications (on issues) which have emerged during the investigation of the disproportionate assets case lodged against Virbhadra and others. There is no plan to detain them.”

The court disposed of the plea in view of the statement made by CBI’s counsel.

Virbhadra was recently questioned by CBI in connection with the case of disproportionate assets allegedly amassed during his stint as a Union Minister.

CBI had claimed its inquiry showed that Singh, while serving as Union Minister during 2009-2012, had allegedly accumulated assets worth about Rs 6.03 crore in his name and in the name of his family members which were found to be disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The allegations have been strongly refuted by Virbhadra.

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