Stepping up pressure on beleaguered Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh to quit, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely on Sunday dared him to allow his government to give consent to the CBI for a probe into his allegation that he was bribed by a power company.
Jaitley said, "The Congress and Virbhadra Singh have decided to brazen out the corruption allegations. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will hide behind silence. Singh has dared anyone to either lodge an FIR against him or to prove the corruption charges."
The latest allegation relating to Singh’s dealing with a power company, Jaitely said, is the one which now requires to be investigated and proven, as previous charges against the Himachal CM were under CBI probe.
In his Facebook post, the BJP leader repeated his charge that "Singh, his family members and their company have received interest-free loan from the promoter of a power company. That power company had transactions with the HP government, which at a given point of time had passed orders favouring the company. The facts prima facie establish that the loaned monies are used for buying shareholding in other group companies of the lender".
Jaitley said certain facts showing round tripping of money have also surfaced.
The BJP leader said this offence is punishable up to five years. "Knowing fully well that the power company is doing business with the state of HP, the chief minister and his wife accept interest-free loan. This transaction violates the provisions of section 13(1)(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). The offence under this section is punishable for obtaining a valuable thing by a public servant for himself or for any other person without a consideration. Admittedly, an interest free loan is a valuable thing received without a consideration," he said.