HP HC dismisses Singh`s petition for quashing FIR in CD case

HP HC dismissed Virbhadra Singh`s petition for quashing FIR of a CD case and transfer of case to CBI.

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh High Court today
dismissed the petition of Union minister Virbhadra Singh
seeking quashing of FIR registered against him and his
wife Pratibha Singh in a CD case and transfer of case to CBI.

Dismissing the petition, Justice Kuldeep Singh also
vacated all interim orders passed from time to time and said
that "all pending applications also stand disposed off."

The complaint alleged misuse of official position and
ciriminal misconduct by Singh when he was Chief Minister in
1989. He was heard allegedly referring to some monetary
transactions during his phone conversation with IAS officer
Mahinder Lal, (who has since died) and a purported
conversation of his wife with some industrialists.

The High Court gave two weeks time to the petitioner to
"raise the grievances against CBI investigations in appropriate court (Supreme Court).

"The petitioner has raised several issues in the petition
but in the absence of material by the investigating agency
till now, the issues raised cannot be considered on merit,”
the court said.

The state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau had
registered an FIR against Singh, now Union Steel Minister and
his wife under the Prevention of Corruption Act on August 3,
2009, in the CD case in 1989 when Singh was Chief Minister of
Himachal Pradesh.

The CD was released by former minister Vijay Singh
Mankotia in June 2007 on the eve of by-election for Hamirpur
lok Sabha seat.

Singh had moved the High Court almost one month after the
registration of the case against him.

Justice Kuldip Singh, in his judgement today, said
"material on record at this stage does not warrant
interference of the HC."


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