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Delhi HC refuses to quash ED case on Virbhadra

Himachal Pradesh

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Monday refused to quash the disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

Singh and others accused in the disproportionate assets/money laundering case had appealed to the court that the case be dismissed.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had earlier summoned 83-year-old Singh, his wife Pratibha, and son Vikramaditya, for questioning to do with the case.

The agency is investigating allegations that Singh and his family members amassed assets worth as much as Rs 6.1 crore between 2009 and 2011, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income at the time. During that period, Singh was Union steel minister.

In March 2015, an FIR had been lodged against Singh and his wife Pratibha in the case. Singh tried to get the FIR quashed saying it was “political vendetta” but the high court refused.

Hours after that, the CBI filed a chargesheet against them. Soon after, criminal proceedings began against Singh and others named in the case.

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