Centre says enough evidence to prosecute, CM Virbhadra Singh claim cases fabricated

Shimla/August 6 (NG News)
Even as Centre on Wednesday informed Delhi High Court that there was enough evidence against Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to file money laundering case, Singh claimed that the cases are false and fabricated and would fall flat as before.

“I have full faith in the judiciary and the investigating agencies,” Singh said.
He said that the PIL filed by Prashant Bhushan was listed today in Delhi High Court and in today’s deliberations, the Court has not made any adverse order or comment against him and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was misleading the people by commenting on the court proceedings.

Singh said that as per his information, the Court has asked the CBI and Income Tax Authorities to file status report in the Court in one week.

“Ever since assembly elections were announced in the state in 2012 and I was asked to lead the election campaign by the Congress High Command, Dhumal, his sons and associates have been personally targeting me with an ulterior political motive. Firstly with an objective of stopping the Congress from forming the government and thereafter, to destabilise the Congress government,” Singh said.

He said that Dhumal and family have a one point program of personally attacking me as they find me to be a biggest obstacle in their political ambition of usurping power in the state. “In the recent convention of state BJP at Solan, the sole agenda was passing a resolution against me and to target me,” he said.

He added that he would come out clean in this case and the ulterior designs of his opponents would fall flat.

Appearing for Centre, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain said that prima facie there was enough evidence on record to register an FIR against Singh and it is for the CBI to explain why it is holding back the case as it was a clear case of money laundering.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Prashant Bhushan through NGO Common Cause seeking CBI inquiry into allegations of corruption against Singh when he was Union Steel minister.

The petition had alleged corruption in the revised income tax returns filed by Singh for assessment years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.