The State Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau's move to demand a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the properties of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his family members has apparently triggered another political row in the state. Dhumal called the vigilance bureau's move "part of the vilification campaign unleashed by the Congress party led government" against him and his family.
"During the past two years former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had leveled allegations related to our properties," Dhumal said. "Later when I filed a defamation case against him, Amarinder regretted making the allegations in a court. BS Thind, former additional director general of police had leveled similar allegations against me before the Lokayukta, but the case was later dismissed," he added, warning "stern action would be taken against those involved in the "vilification campaign against me".
"Let there be a probe by the CBI or any other agency. I am ready to face any probe. Those being used in the vilification campaign to malign my image will have to face the consequences. We are also holding back so much, let there be time," Dhumal added.
The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau has prepared a dossier of properties owned by Dhumal and his family, has now recommended to the state government that the CBI should conduct the probe into matter.