Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh has welcomed the Supreme Court (SC) decision to transfer his case from Himachal Pradesh high court to Delhi high court and said he has full faith in the Indian judiciary and that justice would prevail in his favour.
The chief minister reached Hamirpur on Thursday morning to take part in the three-day Hamir Utsav. Having got the news of the SC verdict during his commute, he lost no time in inviting the media for talks immediately after landing at Hamirpur, the stronghold of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Talking to reporters, he said all cases against him were fabricated and concocted by Dhumal and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.
He said the CBI had become a tool in the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government only to target its opponents and had lost its credibility. He said he would fight the cases in court with full strength as he had done nothing wrong.
Earlier on Thursday, the SC transferred the disproportionate assets case against Virbhadra and his wife to the Delhi high court.
Seeking the transfer of the case out of Himachal Pradesh, the CBI had alleged that the judge, who had stopped them from arresting Virbhadra and his wife, had been his lawyer earlier.
No comments: Dhumal
Even as chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his cabinet has accused him and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley of concocting false cases against the CM, former chief minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal refused to comment on the Supreme Court’s verdict on Thursday. When contacted, Dhumal said, “No comments.”
‘Guv’s working like a British monarch’
The chief minister said a recent meeting of governor Acharya Dev Vrat with senior IAS officers was against democratic norms.
Stating that the governor was working as a British monarch, he said Vrat should act as a constitutional head and devote his full time towards his job, instead of meddling with other state affairs.
He said he was pained to see that the governor had yet to give assent to the HP sports bill whose principal aim was to bring in more transparency in sports organisations in the state.
The CM said at present, over 80% sports bodies had been hijacked by Hamirpur MP and Dhumal’s son Anurag Thakur, and therefore, the governor was sitting on the bill.