Shimla/ September 12
A local court will pronounce its decision on September 15 on the bail cancellation plea of state in the graft case related to former union minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife, who has been facing a graft case since 2009.
After hearing prosecution’s plea that Virbhadra Singh has been influencing the witnesses, special judge for vigilance cases B.L. Soni at the district courts Wednesday reserved the order.
The court had framed corruption charges against the couple June 25 this year. It has granted them bail in December 2011.
Special Public Prosecutor Jiwan Lal Sharma pleaded for cancelling the former chief minister’s bail on the plea that the investigating has sufficient incriminating material for cancelling the bail.
As the case listed for hearing Wednesday, Sharma moved a supplementary application under Section 439 (2) of the Criminal Procedure Code seeking cancellation of the bail.
He said there were evidences showing that the accused had tried to influence another witnesses.
However, the defence argued that the prosecution evidences lacked legal standing.
“Moreover, the accused has not violated any condition granted during the bail,” the defence said.
It also said his name didn’t figure in the evidence presented by the prosecution.Virbhadra Singh Friday appeared in the court and pleaded innocence and demanded a speedy trial.The case against the senior Congress leader, who took over as the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief last month, and his wife was registered in 2009, for alleged misuse of official position and criminal misconduct when he was the chief minister in 1989. Virbhadra Singh resigned as the union minister for micro, small and medium enterprises soon after charges were framed in the 23-year-old corruption case.