The state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau has lodged a first information report against its former officials who had investigated the audio compact disc case involving chief minister Virbhadra Singh, Pratibha Singh and an Indian Administrative Service officer during the Bharatiya Janata Party regime, for allegedly concealing crucial information.
The FIR was registered against former director general of police Daljeet Singh Manhas, Kinnaur h o me guards commandant Hridesh Bisht and retired inspector Dayasagar under Section 218 of the Indian
Penal Code for allegedly concealing crucial facts during investigation.
Vigilance director inspector general Arvind Sharda said investigation would begin now that the FIR had been registered. “The officers named in the FIR will be questioned soon,” he added.
The CD case was registered in 2009 against Virbhadra and Pratibha, as the CD, released in 2007 ahead of the Hamirpur Lok Sabha bypoll by the-then tourism minister Vijai Singh Mankotia, purportedly contained telephonic conversations of the CM and his wife with IAS officer Mohinder Lal.
In 2209, the vigilance bureau lodged an FIR on the basis of the conversation recorded in the CD and the investigation was carried out by the superintendent of police (vigilance) at that time Hridesh Bisht.
The vigilance detected that some facts and evidence, including the report of the Jung a Central Forensic Laboratory where the CD was sent, were “deliberately suppressed”.
Sources told HT that investigation revealed that if facts would not have concealed, chargesheet would not have filed in this case Besides, it was found that the investigation officers recorded false witness statements.
The vigilance had recorded the statements of industrialist Kapil Mohan and PC Jain as witnesses under Section 161 of theCrPC, but they later denied recording any such statements before the court.