Refuting fresh charges of corruption leveled against him by the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said it was an attempt to tarnish his image and he will take action at appropriate time as allegation were highly defamatory.
The CM’s reaction came in the background of a letter written by Jaitly to the Prime Minister in which he has made serious allegations of corruption against Virbhadra Singh and demanded his immediate removal from the post of head of the state.
Talking to media persons at Palampur, Virbhadra said BJP leaders particularly former chief minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal were feeling the heat of vigilance enquiries and were making baseless allegations against him.
He said the vigilance enquiries were being conducted on the basis of charge sheet submitted by Congress to the president and the governor and it was also included in the election manifesto which later was adopted as government’s policy document.
Maintaining that he was not even the member of chargesheet committee and the enquiries were not politically motivated, Virbhadra said those innocent need not worry and the guilty will not be spared.
Virbhdra said he never indulged in corruption in his five decade long political career.
Virbhadra said the Dhumal in his two terms as chief minister implicated him false cases.
"Every time they have done so, I came out clean," said Virbhadra adding that he had he had laid his statement on the table of the house and also addressed media at Dharamsala during the winter session of the assembly about the allegations leveled against him.
Elaborating about the Sai Kothi Hydro Electricity Project which was allotted to Vakamulla’s company, transport minister, GS Bali clarified that the project was sanctioned in BJP and was also given repeated exemptions at that time.
Bali said the current government gave extension to the project on Supreme Court orders and it was cancelled in November as the company failed to fulfill the conditions.