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Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh appears before ED in money-laundering case

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 20 Apr 2017, 12:27:51 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in connection with a money laundering case.

Singh presented himself before the investigating officer at the ED Headquarters in the national capital.

The ED had summoned Singh in the money laundering case on April 18 and had said that he must appear before it on April 20. Earlier the ED had summoned him on April 13. But he failed. 

The senior Congress leader had earlier allegedly avoided summons to get his statement recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). 

He is said to have excused himself by referring to his official commitments. 

In the first week of April, the ED had attached Singh's Delhi farmhouse worth Rs 27.29 crore. 

The agency's move came after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet against Singh and others in March for allegedly amassing assets worth Rs 6.03 crore. 

The ED had filed a criminal case under the PMLA against Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha, Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan, his associate Chunni Lal, and others in 2015 following the CBI's FIR dated September 23, that year. 

The case was registered after a preliminary inquiry found that Singh as Union Minister from 2009 to 2012 allegedly accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

After his Delhi farmhouse was attached, the Chief Minister accused the Centre of harassing him and destabilising his government. 

He alleged that central agencies like the ED and CBI were being misused against political opponents by the Centre.