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Virbhadra 'not disturbed' by HP vigilance probe against him

india Updated: Sep 21, 2009 16:34 IST
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Alleging that the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh was targeting him, Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said he was "not disturbed" by the state vigilance department's move to file chargesheet against him in a graft case.

"The HP state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau is acting as a tool in the hands of chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal... I am not disturbed by the comments of its director D S Manhas that chargesheet against me in the CD case will be filed in 6-8 weeks," Singh told PTI here.

"Why 6-8 weeks they shall do it tomorrow," the veteran Congress leader said and repeated his old statement that the CD issued by former Congress minister Vijay Singh Mankotia alleging him and his wife Pratibha Singh of indulging in corrupt practises was "tampered and concocted".

"I have no reason to fear... there is no truth in the CD," said Singh, whose removal from the Union cabinet was demanded by the BJP after an FIR was registered against him and his wife by the vigilance department on August 3.

On state vigilance giving clean chit to Dhumal's close confidante and former chairman of state media advisory committee Rajinder Singh Rana in a call girls scandal, Singh, who served as state chief minister five times in the past, said this was another example to prove that the bureau was "playing in the hands of the CM."

Repeating Congress demand, Singh also sought a CBI probe into the incident to "expose" the "misdeeds" of the BJP government in the hill state.