Virbhadra likely to be chargesheeted in graft case
Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 00:36
Shimla: Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh, who along with his wife Pratibha was booked under graft charges early last month, is likely to be chargesheeted in the two-year-old corruption case in 6-8 weeks, State Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau said here today.

"The investigation into the case is in progress and chargesheet in all probability will be filed in 6-8 weeks", Director General of State Vigilance D S Manhas told reporters.

He said the HP High Court will be informed before filling of the challan in the case.

An FIR was registered against Singh and his wife Pratibha, a former MP, on August 3 by the State Vigilance and ACB under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 after a forensic report from Chandigarh confirmed their voices in a CD where they were allegedly heard conversing with a former bureaucrat late Mohinder Lal regarding bribe money.

The CD was released by former Congress minister Vijay Singh Mankotia.

Dismissing the allegation, Singh has alleged that it was a "conspiracy" hatched by the CM against him in view of impending bypolls to Rohroo and Jwali assembly seats in the state, a charge denied by the latter.

The vigilance DG said that the state government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance on corruption.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 00:36

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