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Arun Dhumal hacked my bank accounts: Virbhadra

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday accused Prem Kumar Dhumal's younger son Arun Dhumal of hacking his bank accounts.

punjab Updated: Aug 04, 2015 23:06 IST
HT Correspondent

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday accused Prem Kumar Dhumal's younger son Arun Dhumal of hacking his bank accounts.

"Dhumal's son committed a criminal offence by hacking my bank accounts, though all details are now in the public domain since they are mentioned in my income tax returns," Virbhadra said on the sidelines of a function organised to mark the 109th birth anniversary of Himachal's founder chief minister YS Parmar.

"If I wanted I could have filed an FIR against him, but I forgave him thinking he was an innocent child," Virbhadra added.

Parrying Arun's allegations that his private residence in Shimla, Holly Lodge, had been rented out to a firm working in the Miyar hydel project, Virbhadra said, "I don't want to comment on his statement. My stature is much above his. He will act according to his status and I will respond according to mine."

"He (Arun) is the same boy, who along with the son of a builder, armed with guns tried to forcibly take over the property. On seeing resistance, he ran off leaving his arms behind. This is not hearsay but a fact on which a police case is registered," the CM quipped.

Claiming that he had no grudge against anyone, Virbhadra said, "I have no axes to grind. I have no personal enmity with Dhumal or his family. I wish them all the best. But it's they who time and again turn personal and stoop low."

"I am a man of peaceful disposition and believe in forgive and forget. I don't move or make any allegations without facts," he said.

Taking a jibe at Dhumal, Virbhadra said the former should not worry about his income tax returns, as the Central Bureau of Investigation had already conducted an inquiry and the matter was pending in Himachal and Delhi high courts.

Referring to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, the CM said he had nothing personal against the cricket body. "But the hard fact is that the body violated the terms. It took all benefits from the government, including land under the Societies Act, but later converted into a company," he alleged.

Congress govt driving away investors: Dhumal

Launching a scathing attack on the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress regime in Himachal Pradesh, former chief minister and leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal said the state government was suffering from "policy paralysis".

In a statement issued here, Dhumal held red-tapism, corruption and lack in decision making responsible for the declining investments in the hill state.

"Big investors are not willing to invest in the state while those who had already put money in various sectors have also starting moving out resulting into freezing of the development process," Dhumal said, adding that subsequently the number of jobless youths in Himachal had reached 11 lakh.

Dhumal alleged that the state government in the past two-and-a-half years had advertised 35 power projects with 1,100 megawatt capacity, but no investor was willing to invest in the sector due to uncooperative and negative attitude of the state government. "Besides, work on the already allotted power projects is either stalled or had not even started," Dhumal alleged.

"It is due to the apathetic attitude of the government that Himachal's image has become that of an 'unfriendly' state," he added.