Patiala house court turns down the bail plea of LIC agent

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The Patiala house court today differed the bail plea of LIC agent and care taker of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh, Mr. Anand Chauhan as court postponed the hearing on the bail plea filed on August 6,2016.

Mr. Chauhan who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on July 9 today produced before the Patiala house court as the court postponed the hearing on the plea till Aug 6 this month. Mr. Chauhan has been interrogated by the ED and continues to be in the judicial custody since July 19.

Mr. Chauhan was being charged by the agency that he was not cooperating in the investigation of case. He was nabbed by the ED sleuth on July 9 when he went for medical check-up at PGI Chandigarh. Mr. Chauhan have been evaded summon in the case. His role in the alleged crime was considered important as he deposited Rs 6 crore single premium policy of Mr. Singh with the LIC from his own bank account which he had admitted during the custody. Mr. Chauhan had also signed an agreement with Mr. Singh to look after his two orchards claiming that he earned the money from the apple proceeds and deposited in his own account. However ED was burning midnight burner want to prove that the alleged money was amassed earned by Mr. Singh during Union steel minister from a kick back.

Ed which was able to secure the interrogation of Mr. Singh’s wife to grill her on Aug 8 however it has given protection before the court that it would not arrest her. The ED is likely to cross examine the two accused in the matter as ED was opposing the bailing out of Mr. Chauhan. CBI also registered a case of disproportionate assets against six time chief ministers from his exceeding to actual source of income.

However Mr. Singh denied allegation and termed the move by the central agencies to destabilize congress rule. Mr Singh said that the DA belongs to extra income from two family orchards.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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