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Special Court confirms Himachal Pradesh CM’s farmhouse attachment by ED

Himachal Pradesh

New Delhi: A special court here has confirmed an Enforcement Directorate (ED) order to attach a farmhouse in connection with its money laundering probe against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family.

The central probe agency had attached the property in March in upmarket south Delhi’s area of Dera Mandi near Mehrauli, alleging it was purchased “out of money laundered through shell firms”.

The agency had issued a provisional attachment order for the farmhouse under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It had said while the book value of the asset is Rs 6.61 crore, its market value is Rs 27.29 crore, as per a valuation done by the Income Tax Department.

The farmhouse, the ED had said, is in the name of Ms Maple Destination and Dreambuild Private Limited, a firm in which Singh’s son Vikramaditya is a major shareholder and his daughter Aprajita a minor shareholder. Both are also listed as the directors of the firm, it had said.

The ED had said its probe found that “illicit money of Singh was also invested in purchase” of the immovable asset.

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