HC directs union minister to file reply in graft case


Shimla: Himachal Pradesh High Court today directed union minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh, named in graft case, to file rejoinder within two weeks to the reply of the prosecution.

Two proceeded a petition in front of court demanding quashing  of the graft case filed against them and to stay the trial court proceedings in the case. Petitioners  also sought transferring of investigation into the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleging that they have no faith in the state investigating agency.

Case against Union Minister and his wife Pratibha Singh, former LS MP from Mandi has been booked by the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau on Aug 3, 2009 after getting audio CD containing alleged conversation about  money deal. Division bench comprising of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice V.K. Ahuja today listed the matter for next hearing in the high court Nov 25, while in the trial court in Shimla for Nov 11.

In its reply, the state government said that Virbhadra Singh has filed the petition with the intent to delay the proceedings against them in the trial court. “He’s influencing the witnesses in the case, which has resulted into two witnesses filing petitions in the high court relating to the case.”

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