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Himachal Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh gets bail in money laundering case

Vikramaditya is the son of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2018 14:50 IST
PTI, New Delhi
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Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh speaks to the media during in Shimla on January 3, 2018. (Deepak Sansta/ HT file photo)

A Delhi court on Monday gave bail to Himachal Pradesh Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh in a money laundering case.

Special judge Arvind Kumar asked Vikramaditya, son of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and one surety of the same amount. The court told him that he will not leave country without its prior permission and he will not try to influence any witness in the case.

Special public prosecutors N K Matta and Nitesh Rana appearing for Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed the bail application, saying he may misuse the liberty. The court has now put up the matter for further hearing on September 19.

The court had on July 24 summoned Vikramaditya and others to appear before it on August 27 in a money laundering case.

The court was considering a charge sheet filed by the ED on July 21 against Vikramaditya in the money laundering case, which also allegedly involves Virbhadra.

The charge sheet also named the managing director of Tarani Infrastructure, Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, and one Ram Prakash Bhatia as accused.

Both Chandrasekhar and Bhatia are also accused in a Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) case related to the matter, along with Virbhadra, his wife Pratibha Singh and others.

The others named in the ED charge sheet are Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) agent Anand Chauhan and two other co-accused--Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach.

The CBI claimed Virbhadra had amassed assets worth around Rs 10 crore which were disproportionate to his total income during his tenure as a Union minister.

The matter was transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court which, on April 6, 2016, asked the CBI not to arrest Singh and directed him to join the probe.

On November 5 last year, the apex court transferred Singh’s plea from the Himachal Pradesh High Court to the Delhi High Court, saying it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, but “simply” transferring the petition “in the interest of justice and to save the institution (judiciary) from any embarrassment”.

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 11:29 IST