HC judge recuses himself from hearing Virbhadra`s petition
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 23:24
Shimla: A Himachal Pradesh High Court judge today recused himself from hearing Union Steel minister Virbhadra Singh's petition seeking transfer of the CD case against him from state vigilance department to the CBI.

The petition by the former Himachal Pradesh chief minister would now come up for hearing tomorrow before another bench of the High Court.

Chief Justice Joseph Kurian announced in the court that Justice Rajeev Sharma, a member of the division bench which was to hear the petition, refused to hear the case and it would be placed before a new division bench.

Singh had moved the high court on Tuesday seeking transfer of the alleged corruption case being investigated by the state vigilance department to the CBI.

He also said in his petition that the CD case against Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Director General of Police (DGP) D S Manhas be investigated.

In the petition, Singh maintained that after Dhumal became chief minister in December 2007, the government registered a case against him and his wife on August 3, 2008, under the prevention of corruption Act on the basis of an audio CD released by his political adversary Vijay Singh Mankotia in 2007.

Police say that in the CD, Virbhadra Singh was heard allegedly referring to some monetary transactions during his phone conversation with Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Mahinder Lal, who is now dead.

It also allegedly contained the voices of his wife and some industrialists.

The HC had turned down Singh's plea to transfer the case to the CBI on September 3 last but stayed the operation and implementation of judgement for fifteen days.


First Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 23:24

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