Court dismisses HP CM Virbhadra Singh's plea in DA case
A Delhi court on Wednesday dismissed the plea of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh seeking a directive to CBI to supply a complete copy of the FIR lodged against him and others in a disproportionate assets case.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday dismissed the plea of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh seeking a directive to CBI to supply a complete copy of the FIR lodged against him and others in a disproportionate assets case.
The court said since statements and calculations relating to the alleged disproportionate assets were not annexed with the FIR registered in the case those cannot be supplied to Singh.
81-year-old Singh had filed a plea seeking directions to CBI to supply a complete copy of FIR, including the statements relating to assets at the beginning and end of check period and income and expenses during that time.
"I have considered the submissions. The preliminary inquiry is held only with a purpose to know as to whether the case is fit for registration of regular investigation. FIR is the starting point of investigation," Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar said.
"If any document or annexure has not been made a part of FIR, the copy of the same is not required to be supplied to any accused," the court said.
"In these circumstances, I am convinced that the statements/calculations are not the annexures to the aforesaid complaint/FIR and hence the same cannot be supplied to the applicant (Singh). Application is accordingly dismissed," the judge said.
The court also noted in its order the relevant portion of FIR as per which assets at the beginning of check period was found to be Rs 21,66,99,108, while at the end of the period, it stood at Rs 28,10,80,327.
Similarly, it noted that as per FIR, the income during the check period was Rs 6,37,51,584 and expenses Rs 5,97,41,147.
As per the FIR, Rs 6,03,70,782 allegedly amassed by Singh and his family members was disproportionate to their known sources of income.
The CBI had lodged a preliminary enquiry, which was converted into a regular case this September, against Singh and his family members for allegedly amassing disproportionate wealth of over Rs six crore during 2009-2011 when he was serving as the Union Minister of Steel in the UPA government.