Shimla: A trial court in Chamba today framed charges of cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery against AICC secretary and former Himachal Pradesh education minister Asha Kumari for grabbing government forest land worth crores of rupees.
Special judge Chirag Bhanu Singh prima facie found that a case could be made against her.
Earlier the Chamba court had framed charges against the then state education minister in January 2005 and she had to resign from the ministry. Besides Kumari, 12 others, including her late husband Brijender Singh, have been charged on five counts in the case registered in 1998, special public prosecutor Jiwan Lal Sharma said.
Asha Kumari and the other accused had been charged with grabbing more than 60 bighas of government forest land near Dalhousie by tampering government records and fabricating will in connivance with revenue officials.
Challenging the trial court order, Kumari had moved the high court which granted relief to the accused and set aside the Chamba court’s order, saying she was denied an opportunity of being properly heard.
The Supreme court, in December last year, had ruled that cheating and criminal conspiracy charges against Kumari cannot be quashed.