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CBI on Tuesday 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 on Tuesday, Patwalia said the CBI had moved an application in Delhi High Court 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.