Delhi High Court Dismisses Virbhadra Singh’s Plea To Cancel Money Laundering Case
NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court today denied to cancel the money laundering case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and son.
The court rejected the petition of M. Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, his son Vikramaditya Singh and another person Chunni Lal.
“The petitions are ineffective, therefore, the same is rejected,” said Judge RK Gauba.
The previous Application Directorate (ED) had called Mr. Singh, his wife and his 83-year-old son for questioning in this regard.
The ED had in September the year 2015 filed the case against the prime minister and others under the Law of Prevention of Money Laundering (MPLA) after learning of a criminal complaint filed by the IWC.
The court had reserved before the trial after hearing the arguments of the lawyer of ED, Mr. Singh and others regarding the petitions.
The IWC had filed a complaint on March 31, a few hours after the high court refused to annul the FIR filed against M. Singh and his wife in the case of disproportionate assets.
The Supreme Court, which had abused the statement by the Chief Minister that the FIR was the result of a “political revenge,” had paved the way for the criminal proceedings to be stopped because of Supreme Court order Himachal Pradesh on 1 Of October the year 2015 that prevented IWC to stop, interrogate and present the sheet of accusation against the defendants.
The former ED had described as the “premature” promotion Singh for the cancellation of the procedure in case of money laundering.
He said that the way of requesting the stay of proceedings “was not maintainable” because the investigation on the matter was in the preliminary stage.
The agency probing the allegations against Singh and his family members have amassed a large amount of Rs. 6.1 million rupees disproportionate compared to income from known sources between 2009 and 2011, when he was Minister of Union Steel.
He also pointed to the assets of about Rs. 14 million rupees in this case under the MPLA.
In July 2016, LIC agent Anand Chauhan was detained by the ED under MPLA provisions, as it would not cooperate with the case agent’s investigation.
The seizure agency had stated that M. Singh as Union Minister had invested heavily in the purchase of LIC policies in his name and that of his family by M. Chauhan.