Never threatened ED officer, claims Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2015 23:10 IST

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday turned down allegations of the opposition that a Himachal cadre police officer on deputation to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was called back following investigation against his principal private secretary Subhash Ahluwalia in an alleged foreign exchange violation case.

The CM instead accused the said officer, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Bhupinder Negi, of trying to blackmail the government through his lawyers, while claiming that the opposition was raking the issue only to hog media limelight.

While speaking to reporters outside the House during the second day of the monsoon session, Virbhadra denied of either him or anybody in his office having threatened Negi, who was ED's assistant director in Shimla.

The CM claimed that the said officer once visited his office for a courtesy call and, he had never met him again. "I have gathered information that the officer got in touch with the media through a lawyer," he said.

While defending his principal private secretary Subhash Ahluwalia, he said the case being investigated by the ED was not new. "This case dates back to the time when Ahluwalia's children were studying abroad. They have now grown up," he added.

He said Ahluwalia's case had been transferred to Chandigarh and listed for hearing on August 26.

Commenting on the opposition's stalling of house by walking out, the CM said it was a pre-planned move since they lacked issues in the House.

Criticising the opposition members for the walkout, Virbhadra said the Vidhan Sabha speaker did not allow debate on the issue as BJP's adjournment motion was with the speaker for consideration. "When their notice was under consideration, the BJP should not have raised the issue," he added.

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