‘FIR against me is political vendetta unleashed by Jaitley, Anurag’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2015 15:50 IST

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday termed the FIR registered against him by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as ‘political vendetta’ unleashed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur in avenge of state government’s action against irregularities in HPCA.

After the hearing on his plea before high court ended, Virbhadra said, “I have full faith in judiciary. Case registered against me is out of political vendetta.” He also said that Anurag Thakur was taking revenge of the action initiated by state government against ‘wrongdoings’ of HPCA.

Himachal high court stayed Virbhadra’s arrest in this case while allowing CBI to continue with the proceeding of the case. This is seen as a little reprieve to chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

After the court order, Virbhadra tweeted that he would not be attending the T-20 match at Dharamsala on Friday. In his tweet he said, “Will not attend the T20 match at Dharamsala. Earlier had accepted the invitation and State Govt waived match security fee as a goodwill gesture.”

In another tweet, he added, “HPCA President Anurag Thakur’s remark that he had invited the Chief Minister and not Virbhadra was insulting and totally uncalled-for.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Virbhadra Singh had said that it would not be graceful to a respectful person to go somewhere, while he had already been insulted. Recently, Anurag Thakur had said that he invited the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, not Virbhadra Singh as an individual.

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