CBI questions CM Virbhadra Singh in disproportionate assets case

Virbhadra Singh had allegedly accumulated assets worth around Rs 6 crore in his name and in the name of his family members, which were found to be disproportionate to his known sources of income.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2016 8:34 pm
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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was Thursday questioned by CBI for over seven hours in connection with a case of disproportionate assets allegedly amassed during his stint as Union Minister.

CBI sources claimed that he failed to offer any explanation when confronted with evidence against him. However, when asked what kind of evidence was being referred to, they declined to elaborate.

“CBI has a fool proof case against him, his associates and partners in criminal conspiracy regarding the assets acquired in the name of his children and wife,” an official said.

They claimed during questioning Singh put the onus of explaining the assets of wife and children on them. The sources said that his son Vikramaditya had claimed during CBI preliminary enquiry that some of his assets were from money provided by his father.

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CBI sources said the 81-year old Chief Minister arrived at the agency headquarters in his black Skoda with tinted glasses to avoid media glare at around 10 am and was questioned till 5.30 pm.

The agency had initiated an inquiry which had allegedly showed that Singh, while serving as Union Minister during 2009-2012 (UPA rule), had allegedly accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore (approx) in his name and in the name of his family members which were found to be disproportionate to his known sources of income, CBI has said.

The FIR filed with a designated court in Delhi under the Prevention of Corruption Act, named Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and owner of Universal Apple Associates Limited Chunni Lal Chauhan.

The allegations have been strongly refuted by Singh.

In a statement, CBI spokesperson had alleged that Singh had invested his unaccounted income in LIC policies in his name and in the name of his wife and other family members through a private person by showing the same as agricultural income.

“This was done by creation of MoU purportedly dated June 15, 2008 for maintenance of an apple orchard, with the said private person (Chauhan) for a period of three years. The private person had allegedly deposited Rs five crore cash (approx) in his own bank account and debited the same through cheques for purchasing various LIC policies in their names,” CBI had said.

It had said Singh allegedly attempted to legitimize the same as agricultural income by filing revised Income Tax Returns in 2012.

“The agricultural income as claimed by him in his revised ITRs was not found to be tenable. The then Union Minister had allegedly accumulated other assets disproportionate to known sources of income,” CBI has alleged.

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    IML sood
    Jun 9, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    These faked named maroons belonging to Aaptards,Cong.and anti national elements will comments adversely if something comes out against their God fathers. These a few will survive a few days now.People have started ignoring then in face of rapid progress country is making under present strong and dedicated Govt.
    1. D
      Deeply Concerned
      Jun 9, 2016 at 11:24 am
      Also inquiry must be done on Jaitlee on his 250 crore declard wealth and yhe sources of income must be made public. So much of financial irregularities in Delhi Cricket n alleged by even BJP MP must be investigated
      1. M
        Jun 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm
        It is a open andshut case.Mr singh has taken bribes as mentioned in the papers seized during raids.His name written is BBS.It is very common that those who take bribes p it on as loans from kisans,abnormal increase in their agricultural produceandgetting it deposited in the a/cs of their sons/daughters/wife and other trustworthy relations/contacts the case of Singh two facts are obvious-abnormal increase in his income from orchards in comparison to preceeding yrs without any plausible explainationandNO:2 the entries in his name in the seized papers.Again what is surprising is that with this ill gotten money he took a single premium policy of LIC which later on he encashed .All these factors point the needle of suion towards him .If he fails to adduce evidence to support the abnormal increase in the produce of apples ,its transportation ,the vehicles used ,traders to whom sold by him or on his behalf and receipt of proceeds andwhat neccessitated thefiling of revised IT Returns,all these factors will determine his culpability Let us wait and watch .
        1. H
          Jun 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm
          The entire gamut of DA Cases will be decided on what comes in Jaya DA Case.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dont jump the gun
          1. L
            Jun 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm
            Are you POSSESSED or MAD. When the topic discussed is Virbhadra Singh why do to raise irrelevant issues here?
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