The Hush Post: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed charges in a Delhi court against Vikramaditya Singh, the son of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister in a money laundering case. The case also involves the former Himachal Pradesh CM.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar fixed the hearing for consideration on July 24, when he will decide on whether to take cognisance of the final report.
The charges, filed by special public prosecutors Nitesh Rana and NK Matta, also named Managing Director of Tarani Infrastructure Vakamulla Chandrasekhar and one Ram Prakash Bhatia as an accused.
Chandrasekhar and Bhatia also happen to be the accused in a CBI case related to the matter, along with Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh and others.
Besides Virbhadra Singh and Pratibha, others named in the charges, filed through advocate AR Aditya, are Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) agent Anand Chauhan and two other co-accused Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach.
Anand Chauhan, arrested on July 9, 2016 by the ED under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, was granted bail in January 2.
In a different case filed by the CBI, the former Himachal Pradesh chief minister, his wife and Chauhan were charged along with others. The couple, who have not been arrested in any of the two cases this far, and the other accused are facing trial in the CBI case.
The other accused in the CBI case are Chunni Lal Chauhan, stamp paper vendor Joginder Singh Ghalta, Managing Director of Tarani Infrastructure Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, and co-accused Lawan Kumar Roach, Prem Raj and Ram Prakash Bhatia.
The CBI had claimed that Virbhadra Singh had amassed assets worth around Rs-10-crore which were disproportionate to his total income during his tenure as a union minister.
The matter was transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court which, on April 6, 2016, asked the CBI to refrain from arresting Virbhadra Singh and directed him to join the probe.