Senior Congress leader Virbhadra Singh’s disproportionate assets matter will be heard by the Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday 31 October. This follows the Supreme Court’s earlier dismissal of the plea that was submitted by the Himachal Chief Minister when he tried to quash the case registered against him and his wife Pratibha Singh, who is a member of the Indian Parliament for Mandi. Prior to his DA case, Singh has also faced a legal case by the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Himachal Pradesh for breaching the Prevention of Corruption Act in 1989, a time when he was serving Himachal Pradesh as Chief Minister.
The much talked about case involving the senior most Congress leader, who is the longest-serving Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh began when the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a case against Singh and his family for owning assets worth approx Rs. 6.1 crore which were disproportionate based on his earning income. Singh was the Union Minister between 2009 and 2011 when the case was filed. The CBI also filed cases against his wife Pratibha Singh, son Vikramaditya and daughter Aparajita.
October 2017: the Supreme Court dismissed the plea by the Himachal Chief Minister for quashing the case registered against him and his wife Pratibha Singh. The petition was then dismissed by Justice Deepak Gupta last week after an in-chamber hearing. “Learned counsel for the petitioner was granted four weeks time by this court on September 1, 2017 to cure the defects as pointed out by the Registry. But learned counsel for the petitioner has still not cured the defects. The Special Leave Petition is accordingly dismissed for non-prosecution,” the order had said.
In the hearing, the CBI was directed by the special court to hand over evident documents to the Himachal CM which were in connection with his DA case. This came after the Himachal CM along with his wife and others informed the court that CBI didn’t provide them with the various documents that were filed along with the charge sheet.
May 2017: Virbhadhra Singh and his wife along with other accused involved in this case were granted bail by the court where the Himachal CM was asked to bestow Rs one lakh personal bond and surety of the same amount. The court also banned from leaving the country without permission.
Case transferred to Delhi HC in April 2016: On April 6, 2016, the DA case was transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court.
CBI plea turned down by Supreme Court in October 2015: On October 2015, the CBI were seeking stay against an earlier order issued by Himachal Pradesh High Court aiding the CM by granting protection to arrest. It was turned down by the Supreme Court.
First CBI raid in September 2015: On 26 September, the CBI on Saturday raided 11 properties of Virbhadra Singh to probe the charges of gathering the disproportionate assets. The case was filed a day prior to the CBI raids.
CBI inquiry in 2015: The much talked about case involving the senior most Congress leader, who is the longest-serving Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh began when the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a case against Singh and his family for owning assets worth approx Rs. 6.1 crore which were disproportionate based on his earning income. Singh was the Union Minister between 2009 and 2011 when the case was filed. The CBI also filed cases against his wife Pratibha Singh, son Vikramaditya and daughter Aparajita.
Here’s a glimpse of Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh’s political career
Born in Sarahan, Congress leader Raja Virbhadra Singh is the 4th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. Singh is also the longest-serving Chief Minister Himachal Pradesh ever had. The 83-year old, who took the office in 2012 had previously served the snow-laden province from 1983 to 1990, 1993 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2007.
Singh went to Bishop Cotton School in Shimla and graduated from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi with BA Honours. Singh is married to Pratibha Singh, who is a member of the Indian Parliament for Mandi and has a son and four daughters. Virbhadra Singh started his political career when he gained a seat in the Lok Sabha in the general elections of 1962.
Singh then repeated the same feat multiple times in 1967 and 1971. Beside this, Singh was also a member of the Indian Delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1976. After successful tenures of being Deputy Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation in central cabinet in 1976 and 77, Singh also held position of Minister of State for Industries between 1980 and 1983. The Congress leader has been elected in the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly seven times. Singh began his reign as the Himachal CM for the first time in April 1983 and continued to serve the state for 7 years.