Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh was on Friday questioned for the second consecutive day in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case against him.
Singh arrived at the agency headquarters at 11am for the second round of questioning. He was grilled by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for more than seven hours on Thursday.
Agency sources had claimed that he failed to offer any explanation when confronted with “evidence” against him.
“The 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 had said.
The agency had initiated an inquiry which had allegedly showed that Singh, while serving as Union minister from 2009-2012 during the UPA rule, had accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore in his name and in the name of his family members that were found to be disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The first information report (FIR) filed with a designated court in Delhi under the Prevention of Corruption Act, named Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, Life Insurance Corporation (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 the creation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) purportedly dated June 15, 2008, for the maintenance of an apple orchard, with the said private person (Chauhan) for three years.
“The private person had allegedly deposited Rs 5 crore in his own bank account and debited the same through cheques for purchasing various LIC policies in their names,” the CBI had said.
It had said Singh allegedly attempted to legitimise the same as agricultural income by filing revised income tax returns (ITRs) 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 their known sources of income,” the CBI has alleged.
Blurb: CBI sources claimed Himachal CM failed to offer any explanation when confronted with “evidence” against him during the seven-hour questioning on Day 1.