Armed with forensic evidence and reports from various institutions, including Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), the CBI is likely to soon file a chargesheet against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is facing a disproportionate assets case.
Having almost completed its probe, the CBI is likely to accuse Singh of having amassed assets worth Rs 10 crore in excess of his income. This is Rs 4 crore more than what was alleged in the FIR.
The agency, which has been probing allegations that Singh amassed assets through corrupt means during his tenure as a Union minister in the UPA regime, claims to have found that the Congress leader and his family fraudulently showed the income earned through apple orchards and forged documents to facilitate movement of money.
The probe has reportedly found that the apple orchard through which Singh has shown an income of over Rs 5 crore could not have produced so many apples of such quality. It got the orchard examined by IARI experts. The probe has also found that transport invoices for ferrying tonnes of apples actually bear registration numbers of two-wheelers. The agency also claims it has forensic evidence of stamp paper being forged to show sale and purchase of property with false dates.
Sources said the agency will soon move the Delhi High Court seeking permission to file the chargesheet. The CBI claims that a complex web of investments, unsecured loans, property and share purchase, besides false claims of agriculture income, were used to camouflage the “disproportionate assets”.
The probe reportedly found Singh’s wife also participated in the routing of “illicit assets”.