The Hush Post: The chief minister of Himachal Pradesh and his wife Pratibha Singh got a major relief from a Delhi court on Thursday. The couple has been granted exemption from personal appearance till the conclusion of arguments in a disproportionate assets case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation CBI.

Granting relief, Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann said the couple would have to appear before the court as and when the court wants their presence.

In their applications, the Himachal CM and his wife had sought permanent exemption from personal appearance submitting, among other reasons, that their presence was not required. The court posted the matter on January 18.

The other accused in the case are LIC agent Anand Chauhan, Tarini Infrastructure Managing Director Vakamulla Chandrashekhar, Universal Apples Associates (Himachal Pradesh) owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, Lavan Kumar Roach, Prem Raj, Ram Prakash Bhatia and Joginder Singh Ghalta.

The CBI has accused Singh of accumulating value worth Rs 10.30 crore between May 2009 and June 2012, when he was the Union Minister of Steel.

The agency has alleged that the LIC agent Chauhan helped Singh invest unaccounted money in life insurance policies. In his annual returns, the Himachal CM showed the money as income from the apple crop of his orchard.


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