A Delhi court on Monday asked the CBI to file its reply on Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s plea seeking a copy of the FIR against him and others in an alleged disproportionate assets case, two days after the agency conducted searches at his Delhi and Shimla residences.
Special CBI judge SC Rajan allowed the plea of Singh who sought the court’s permission to inspect the judicial record of the case registered against him.
“The CBI is directed to file its reply on an application moved by Virbhadra Singh seeking a copy of the FIR. The investigating officer (IO) is also directed to be present on the next date of hearing. Put up for hearing on September 30,” the CBI judge said.
During the hearing, the CBI’s public prosecutor sought adjournment on the chief minister’s plea, saying the IO was absent as he was busy with the case.
Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for Singh, said his client should be supplied with the copy of the FIR which was needed to move the Supreme Court.
On this, the court asked the CBI to file its reply and directed the IO to remain present on the next date of hearing.
Aggarwal then urged that he be allowed to inspect the judicial records to enable him to make a case before the apex court.
The court allowed Singh’s plea after he filed a fresh application regarding inspection of judicial records.
The CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE), which was recently converted into a regular case, against Singh and his family members for allegedly amassing wealth of Rs 6.1 crore, saying it was disproportionate to their known sources of income from 2009-11 when he was serving as Union minister of steel in the UPA Government.
The agency had filed the FIR in a designated court here under the Prevention of Corruption Act, naming Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan and Chunni Lal Chauhan.
The CBI claimed that during this period, Singh, a six-time chief minister, invested Rs 6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members’ names through Chauhan.
In an unprecedented action on a serving chief minister, the investigating agency searched the residence of the 81-year-old Congress leader in Shimla and 10 other places in connection with the case on September 26, the day of a function after the marriage of his daughter.