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Virbhadra Singh, wife named as accused in disproportionate assets case

The ED had filed the criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the 82-year-old Congress leader and others in 2015, based on a CBI FIR.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2018 11:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virbhadra Singh,Disproportionate assets,Himachal Pradesh
Virbhadra Singh with his wife Pratibha after casting his vote in Shimla during the Himachal Pradesh state election, on November 9 2017. (HT File Photo)

Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife have been named as accused in a disproportionate assets case in the supplementary charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Delhi’s Patiala House court on Thursday.

The ED had filed the criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the 82-year-old Congress leader and others in 2015 based on a CBI FIR, and the first charge sheet was filed in April 2017.

Earlier, the ED attached a farmhouse in Delhi belonging to Virbhadra Singh’s family. The farmhouse, worth around Rs 27 crore, was attached under the PMLA.

According to ED, the farmhouse attached was purchased at Rs 6.61 crore by Maple Destinations and Dreambuild Private Limited, a Delhi based private firm. As per the company records, the CM’s son Vikramaditya Singh is listed as one of the directors of the firm.

The directorate has claimed that the market price of the farmhouse was shown to be Rs 1 crore, while Rs 5.47 crore was paid in cash.

Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a chargesheet against Virbhadra Singh and others in a disproportionate assets case, hours after the Delhi High Court denied him any relief and removed the interim stay on his interrogation or arrest.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 11:32 IST