Himachal Pradesh CM withdraws plea seeking FIR copy


New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday withdrew his application seeking a copy of the first information report (FIR) in a disproportionate assets case lodged against him.

Virbhadra Singh had filed the application before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge S.C. Rajan on Monday.

The court allowed Singh to withdraw his plea after he submitted that he had already inspected the judicial records of the case in pursuance to the court’s September 28 order and was satisfied. Hence, he said, he did not want to press the application seeking a copy of the FIR.

In his application filed on Monday, the chief minister also sought the court’s permission to inspect the judicial record in the case lodged against him.

In June, the CBI initiated a preliminary inquiry against Virbhadra Singh and his family on charges of corruption and acquisition of assets disproportionate to their known sources of income during his tenure as the union steel minister.

The case was registered on September 23 under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the former union minister, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and an associate Chunnilal.

The CBI raided Virbhadra Singh’s private residence, Holly Lodge, in Jakhu Hills of Shimla, on September 26. At that time, the chief minister and his family were busy with his daughter’s marriage.

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