CBI knocks SC’s door for arrest of Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh

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CBI moves Supreme Court to allow arrest of Himachal CM Virbhadra SinghIn an alleged corruption case, the Central Bureau of Investigation, on Thursday, moved the Supreme Court, challenging the Himachal Pradesh HC’s order, restraining it from interrogating Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh.

According to reports, an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, has said that, they would hear the plea by the investigating agency on the opening day, after the Dusshera holidays.

The court also said this as Additional Solicitor General, P.S. Patwalia, mentioned the matter before the court, on Thursday morning. The CBI, as per TV reports, also asked the top court to transfer the case from the Himachal Pradesh high court, to Delhi.

The Himachal Pradesh CM has been accused of amassing assets beyond his known sources of income, during his earlier tenure as the chief minister, and a union minister, in UPA II. He was accused of corruption, money laundering, and forgery, charges denied by him. In the PIL filed by an NGO, headed by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan, has alleged that Singh received unaccounted money to the tune of nearly Rs 5 crore.

On 26 September, CBI had carried out searches at 13 places — including Singh’s residences in Shimla, and Delhi, apart from the premises connected to his associates in Solan — after registering a disproportionate assets case, against him. The raids came on a day, when Singh’s daughter, Minakshi Singh, was getting married.

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