Firing fresh salvos at Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, Arun Dhumal, younger son of former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, on Thursday demanded his resignation for allegedly concealing information of having stake in a company owned by a person from whom they raised a personal loan of Rs 3.9 crore.
Dhumal junior in yet another expose alleged that Virbhadra's wife Pratibha Singh, his daughter, son and officer on special duty (OSD) were shareholders in the company - Tarini Infrastructure Limited - owned by Vakamulla Chandreshekhar.
According to the documents that he made public on Thursday morning, Pratibha, her daughter Aprajita Kumari, son Vikramaditya Singh and OSD Amit Pal Singh are shareholders in the company since 2012.
“However, all these details were concealed in the affidavit filed by chief minister during the assembly elections held last year,” alleged Dhumal junior.
Alleging that in the affidavit filed by the chief minister, both his daughter and son were mentioned as dependent number one and two, Dhumal junior said the information was also missing from the affidavit filed by Pratibha Singh during the Mandi Parliamentary constituency by-poll held on June 30 this year.
He said Tarini Infrastructure Limited was the company named after Vakamulla Chandershekher's daughter Tarini Naidu Chandershekher.
“While Tarini has 1, 54, 600 shares to her name, Pratibha Singh has 3, 40, 000 shares, Aprajita Kumari has 3, 40, 000 shares and Vikramaditya Singh has 3, 00, 000 shares to their names,” revealed Arun Dhumal, adding that chief minister's OSD Amit Pal Singh also has 10,000 shares to his name.
The list of shareholders was updated on September 29, 2013, he said, adding that the company had 129 shareholders and names of Virbhadra's kin were figured in it.
“Both chief minister Virbhadra Singh and Pratibha Singh had concealed the information, therefore they should resign from their posts or their membership should be cancelled by the Election Commission of India (ECI),” said Arun Dhumal.
Dhumal junior said Vakamulla Chandershekher owns 16 companies, including companies registered in Switzerland and other countries.
“His company Venture Energy and Technologies Ltd has been favoured by current Congress government on September 4, 2013, through a cabinet decision, in which extension was granted to 17MW hydel power project for 10 months,” alleged Arun Dhumal.
Virbhadra refuses to comment
When asked for his comments on the charges levelled by Arun Dhumal against him and his family members, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said: “As they are facing an inquiry, they are under pressure and thus indulging in petty politics.” He said the entire state knew that the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association was converted into a company from a society illegally. He however refused to reply to the question raised by Dhumal junior.