HP CM to dispose off statement before ED on April 13


The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said that he would dispose off his statement before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as agency has sought his presence in Prevention of Money Laundering Act to seek his statement in the case. Interacting with media persons at the side lines of Book Cafe opening of Shimla Municipal Corporation today, six time Chief Minister confirmed that he got the summon of Enforcement Directorate to appear before it on April 13.


Terming the exercise of agency unprecedented Mr. Singh said that he had been submitted similar statement before this. Chief Minister of this north Indian state did not shown any constrained to the ED processing summon to him and said that he would go to Delhi as he had received Summon from Enforcement Directorate. Mr. Virbhadhra Singh was answering the quires of media said that he would appear before the ED as he has been summoned more over this thing is not new for him as he was doing this in the past. ” I would go there, when they will call, I will go,I have already reported the CBI and and alos reported to Income Tax Department. If ED calls I would go there” said  Mr. Singh.


The ED had lodged FIR under the PMLA against Mr Singh after the CBI booked him in September, 2015. The CBI also filed a charge sheet against Mr Singh claiming that he had amassed assets worth around Rs 10-crore which were disproportionate by 192 per cent of his total income during his tenure as a Union Minister. The final report filed against nine people for alleged offenses punishable under section 109 (abetment) and 465 (punishment for forgery) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act, arrayed around 225 witnesses and 442 documents.


Besides the 82-year-old Congress leader and his wife Pratibha Singh, the report also arraigned Chunni Lal Chauhan, Joginder Singh Ghalta, Prem Raj, Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, Lawan Kumar Roach and Ram Prakash Bhatia as accused.

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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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