The Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a money laundering case against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on the basis of a CBI FIR against him.
ED sources said the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) was registered under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to look into how the alleged money was laundered by the accused.
The ED will probe the allegation that Singh and his family members allegedly amassed wealth of `6.03 crore from 2009-12, disproportionate to his known sources of income, while serving as the Union minister of steel.
“I have boldly faced all challenges in my life and have remained the chief minister of the state six times not because of the mercy of the Opposition but due to the love and faith of the people,” Singh said in a statement released by his aide in response to the ED action.
Singh said he would be the last person to be intimidated by such tactics of the NDA regime at the Centre. “I do not need any certificate from the NDA-led government. If any other inquiry still remains, it is free to go ahead with it as well,” he said.