Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh, has been issued summons by Enforcement Directorate (ED), in connection with its probe against him, and his associates for alleged money laundering.
Summons have been issued under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) asking Singh to personally appear before investigators here in the first week of December, PTI reported, according to its sources.
A case has been filed under criminal provisions of money laundering laws after taking cognisance of a complaint filed by CBI in this regard in September and similar summonses have also been issued to some of his associates, report said.
Investigators have gathered some “important” documents to probe and detect the suspected “proceeds of crime” allegedly channelled by Singh and his associates by using purported illegal funds.
Last week in three states -Delhi, Maharashtra and West Bengal, ED teams had also conducted searches in this case. The central agency is investigating the allegation that Virbhadra and his family members allegedly amassed wealth of Rs 6.1 crore between 2009-11, disproportionate to his known sources of income, while serving as the Union minister of Steel.
Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and Chauhan’s brother C L Chauhan had been named by CBI and they were charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.