Court summons former Himachal CM and wife

(MENAFN- Gulf Times) A New Delhi court yesterday issued summonses to former Himachal Pradesh chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife, accused of money laundering.
After accepting the Enforcement Directorate (ED) charge-sheet, Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann asked Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh and three others Chunni Lal Chauhan, Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach to appear before her on March 22.
The ED has charged all under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Special Public Prosecutor N K Matta told the court there was enough material evidence on record to proceed against the accused.
Earlier, the ED had filed its first charge-sheet against Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) agent Anand Chauhan, accusing him of investing Virbhadra Singh's Rs50.14mn in LIC policies purchased in his name and those of his family members, including his wife.
A probe had found that Virbahdra Singh had accumulated assets worth Rs60mn in his name and in the names of his family members, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income, during his tenure as the federal steel minister from 2009 to 2011.
The ED alleged Virbhadra Singh, with the help of his wife and Chauhan, indulged in money laundering by investing tainted money in LIC policies in the name of his family members and to show legitimate income arising out of insurance policies.


Gulf Times

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