Shimla: Three days after Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids on Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, the Congress party and the state government have decided to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to submit a memorandum against the action that they termed “uncalled for”.
Also, after holding a series of meetings with legal luminaries, Virbhadra is reportedly contemplating to seek a transit bail against the FIR registered by the CBI for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 6.1 crore during his stint as Union steel minister in UPA-2.
The agency on September 23 had filed the FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act, naming Virbhadra, his wife Pratibha Singh, Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan and Chunni Lal Chauhan.
On Monday, the CM had moved a Delhi court seeking a copy of the FIR, which his counsel contended was needed to move the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, putting up a brave face, Virbhadra on Tuesday attended his office and met bureaucrats and the common people to redress their grievances.
Even as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been gunning for his resignation, the Congress continues to rally behind the CM and has reaffirmed faith in his leadership by passing a resolution condemning the CBI raids.
The party has decided that, along with the entire Congress Legislature Party delegation, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu would meet President Pranab Mukharjee on October 1 to lodge their protest against the CBI action.
The party has condemned the CBI raids at his residence on the wedding day of his daughter, Minakshi Singh, 52, who married Ravi Inder Singh, scion of the Faridkot royal family.
HPCC vice-presidents Chander Kumar, Gangu Ram Musafir, AN Vidyarthi, Geeta Negi, general secretaries Harbhajan Singh Bhajji, Harshwardhan Chauhan, Ajay Mahajan, Vinod Sultanpuri, Sunder Thakur, Susheela Negi, Kishori Lal, treasurer Surinder Chauhan, HPCC executive committee members Mohinder Chauhan, Ajay Bahadur Singh, Sanjay Awasthi, Satpal Raizada, Naseema Begum, chief spokesperson Naresh Chauhan, spokespersons Kuldeep Pathania, Subhash Manglet, Bhuvenshwar Gaur, District Congress Committee presidents Surender Bhardwaj, Nardev Kanwar, Karun Sharma, Budhi Singh Thakur, Puran Chand Thakur, Tek Chand Dogra, Naresh Kumar Thakur, Rahul Singh Thakur, Ajay Solanki, Kehar Singh Khachi, Pradeep Singh Bhujja, Umesh Negi and office-bearers from all frontal organisations and PCC departments, besides Congress ministers, chief parliamentary secretaries (CPS) and legislators will accompany Sukhu.