Solidarity show after CBI raid: party president and six cabinet members stay away




Six time Chief Minister who is in trouble after CBI lodged FIR against him in disproportionate assets case by the premier agency and enforcement directors here today organized a cabinet ministers solidarity press conference.

Those among absent in the press conference were Staunch Loyalist Excise and Taxation Minister Mr. Prakash Chaudhary, Agriculture Minister Mr. Sujan Singh Pathania, Panchayatiraj Minister Mr. Anil Sharma, Revenue Minister Mr. Kaul Singh Thakur, Transport Minister G.S. Bali and Ayurveda and Cooperative Minister Karan Singh.

Those present in the press conference were Irrigation and Public Health Minister Ms. Vidya Stokes, Social Justice and Women Empowerment Minister Mr. Dhani Ram Shandil, Industry Minister Mr. Mukesh Agnihotri, Forest Minister Mr. Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Kumar and Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi.

Mr. Agnihotir addressed the press conference and said that there is no question of Virbhadra Singh’s resignation as all the cabinet members have always expressed solidarity with the Chief minister whether it was before or after the CBI raid on his premises.

He also said that congress has convened a legislative party meeting tomorrow to further show strength with the Chief Minister.During the raid, Chief Minister was not present at his residence at Holy lodge and the central agencies raided the premises at 0745 hours today at all the places in the state and also reported outside the state.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes, Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Cooperative Society Harsh Mahajan, Vice Chairman of State Tourism Development Corporation Mr. Harish Janartha, Principal Private Secretary Mr. Subhas Singh Alhuwalia and Urban Development Minsiter Mr. Sudhir Kumar Sharma visited the Chief Minister’s residence during the time of raid.

On 18th June the  CBI had launched a preliminary inquiry against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members to probe his accumulation of a wealth of Rupees 6.1 crore disproportionate to his known sources of income during 2009-2011.

The CBI has initiated to inquire into his wealth valued at Rupees 6.1 crore, disproportionate to the income earned when he served as the Minister of Steel in the UPA government during 2009-2011. It has also been alleged that they invested Rupees 6.1 crore in life insurance policies. The CBI will register a FIR if allegations made by the complainant are found to be true.

CBI had initiated preliminary probe against Mr Singh and others as the case is off shoot of Public Interest Litigation filed by an NGO.  The Delhi High Court was hearing PIL petition filed by NGO, Common Cause, against Mr Singh and family member accusing him for corruption and money laundering charges. On 1st September 2014, CBI had submitted its final status report in sealed cover and same was expected for taking on record.

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