The Delhi high court on Wednesday refused to halt the provisional attachment of the properties belonging to Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s son and daughter by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering probe.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said it will not pass any interim relief order in the case before hearing the ED’s response. It then posted the plea – filed by Singh’s daughter Aparajita Kumari and son Vikramaditya Singh – for further hearing on April 18.
Senior advocate Amit Sibal, appearing for the two, had sought a stay on the ED’s provisional attachment order dated March 23, 2016, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The petition stated that the ED had attached movable assets amounting to Rs 15.85 lakh of Kumari and Rs 62.8 lakh of Singh without naming them in the first information report.
“No property of the petitioners can be attached without giving them an opportunity to explain the sources for the property under attachment,” the petition said. It further submitted that the proceedings under the PML Act were “bad in law” because the allegations in the enforcement case information report did not mention any money laundering charges.