Virbhadra moves SC in DA case

Virbhadra moves SC in DA case

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court (HC) order that refused to quash a disproportionate assets (DA) case against him.

Singh sought immediate stay of the HC order, accusing the central government of “political vendetta.” The chief minister said, “The stand of the CBI has changed with the change in government against the petitioners and therefore, the case as set up by the CBI is nothing but political vendetta by the present government at the Centre.”

The move comes four days after the CBI was allowed to arrest him, if required, in connection with the corruption case.

Singh claimed that the investigation into a DA case against him had already been carried out by the CBI and nothing incriminating was found.

“The fourth status report, which has been prepared after the change in government at the Centre, without submitting the closure report regarding the first preliminary enquiry, proposed to investigate the matter from the disproportionate assets perspective, which was already being investigated in the first preliminary enquiry,” his petition claimed.

Singh said there was no new information to initiate a fresh investigation against him and his wife, and that subjecting them to double investigation on the same information is impermissible under the law.

Singh said he had challenged in the HC registration of the FIR by the CBI on the ground that it cannot initiate investigation in an offence alleged to have been committed in the state without the consent of the state government as mandated by the law.

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