CBI chargesheet against Virbhadra ready

CBI chargesheet against Virbhadra ready

New Delhi, August 22

The Central Bureau of Investigation has finalised its chargesheet in the disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members after its probe found that Rs 10 crore of ill-gotten assets were allegedly amassed during his stint as the Union Minister.


The CBI, which had registered an FIR last year to probe allegations that Virbhadra Singh had allegedly amassed over Rs 6 crore of disproportionate assets, has concluded that the figure is around Rs 10 crore, the agency sources claimed today.


The agency had initiated an inquiry alleging that as Union Minister during 2009-2012 (UPA rule), Singh had accumulated disproportionate assets worth Rs 6.03 crore in his family members’ name, CBI had said.


The allegations have been strongly refuted by Virbhadra Singh.


The findings of a year-long probe, which is almost complete, alleges that a complex web of investments, unsecured loans, property and share purchase besides false claims of agriculture income were used to camouflage the assets which were disproportionate to known sources of his income, CBI sources said.


They said the agency will soon move the Delhi High Court seeking permission to file the chargesheet.


A detailed forensic analysis of documents and cyber forensic analysis of the computers of Singh’s associates shows an alleged conspiracy in which money was purportedly routed through a complex web of shell companies into real estate investments as well, the sources claimed.


The FIR had named Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and Chunni Lal Chauhan. The allegations have been refuted by Singh. — PTI