Virbhadra case: Court takes congnisance of chargesheet against LIC agent

Virbhadra case: Court takes congnisance of chargesheet against LIC agent

New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) A Delhi court on Wednesday took cognisance of the chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate against LIC agent Anand Chauhan in a disproportionate assets case registered against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Special Judge Vinod Kumar also directed that the chargesheet and other documents be supplied to the accused Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) agent and fixed September 26 for further hearing in the case.

The ED filed the chargesheet against Chauhan on Tuesday.

The ED had told the court that further investigation regarding the role of Virbhadra Singh and his wife was on and it may file a supplementary chargesheet later.

Chauhan is accused of investing Virbhadra Singh’s “tainted” money of Rs 5.14 crore in LIC policies purchased in Virbhadra’s name and those of his family members, including wife Pratibha Singh, the ED said in its chargesheet.

The ED arrested Chauhan on July 8 from Chandigarh under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

His was the first arrest made by the ED in the money laundering case against the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also probing the case.

A probe had reportedly found that Virbhadra Singh had accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore in his name and in the name of his family members, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income, during his tenure as the Union Steel Minister from 2009 to 2011.

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