A Delhi court on Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to place before it the record of the preliminary enquiry (PE) it conducted in a disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and others.
The court’s direction came during the hearing of an application filed by 81-year-old Singh in which he has accused the CBI of not furnishing the complete copy of the FIR registered against him.
Special CBI judge Vinod Kumar directed the agency to place records of the PE before the court on or before December 2, the next date of hearing, when the court is likely to decide Singh’s plea.
In his plea, Singh has said the CBI should be directed to file in court a complete copy of the First Information Report (FIR).
The CBI had registered a PE, which was converted into a regular case this September, against Singh and his family members for allegedly amassing wealth of `6.1 crore, alleging that it was disproportionate to their known sources of income during 2009-2011 when he was serving as Union minister of steel in the UPA government.
CBI had lodged the FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act, naming Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and Chunni Lal Chauhan.
The agency has claimed that during this period, Singh, a six-time chief minister, had invested `6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members’ names through Chauhan.
In an unprecedented action on a serving CM, the CBI had on September 26 searched Singh’s official residence and 10 other places in connection with the case, on the day of the marriage of his daughter.
Searches were also carried out at his official residence in Delhi, his two houses in Shimla and Rampur and a farm house in Mehrauli in South Delhi which is in the name of his son Vikramaditya Singh.