SC dismisses Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh’s plea to quash disproportionate assets case
With the case now bound to proceed, an adverse ruling could leave Virbhadra singh disqualified if he emerges victorious in the November 9 polls, which he is leading for Congress.Updated: Oct 26, 2017 19:42 IST
The Supreme Court has dismissed Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s plea to quash a disproportionate assets case registered by the CBI against him and his wife, in a setback to the Congress leader weeks ahead of the assembly polls in the state.
The order was passed after an in-chamber hearing on October 23. Justice Deepak Gupta dismissed the petition on technical grounds, saying Singh failed to “cure” the “defects” pointed out by the court registry despite being granted four weeks’ time since September 1.
As per SC rules, it is necessary to rectify the defects in the petition before the court hears it.
Singh’s lawyer was not present when justice Gupta passed the order.
The Himachal CM had sought quashing of the case, which charges him with amassing assets worth Rs six crore, allegedly disproportionate to his known sources of income, between 2009 and 2012 during his tenure as Union steel minister in the UPA-II government.
Singh moved the apex court in April after the Delhi high court had dismissed his plea to quash the CBI case, which he alleged was “a conspiracy to damage his public image in the run-up to the assembly elections”.
With the case now bound to proceed, an adverse ruling could leave him disqualified if he emerges victorious in the November 9 polls, which he is leading for Congress.
Singh had challenged the FIR on the ground that CBI could not have registered the case without the state’s consent, a pre-requisite under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act. CBI, he claimed, overstepped its jurisdiction in filing the case.
Justice Vipin Sanghi of the Delhi high court had dismissed Singh’s plea to quash the CBI’s FIR. He even vacated the October 1, 2015 order of the Himachal Pradesh high court that restrained CBI from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet in the case without the court’s permission.
First Published: Oct 26, 2017 19:39 IST