Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court today turned down Union steel minister Virbhadra Singh’s petition against filing of police complaint him and his wife in the CD case.
Virbhadra Singh in his petition had asked transfer of his case to the CBI and quashing of FIR lodged by the vigilance department.
Justice Kuldeep Singh had reserved his order on August 20 and gave the ruling today.
The court in it’s order suspended the implementation of the judgment for 15 days to enable Virbhadra Singh file an appeal against the order in the Supreme Court.
Justice Kuldip Singh in his judgment observed that material on record at this stage does not warrant interference of the high court. ‘The petitioners can raise all the contention before the competent court, including the contention of handing over the investigation to the CBI. The court vacated all interim orders where by the vigilance was restrained from filing the challan in the court,’ he observed.
During hearing, Virbhadra Singh’s counsel argued that the cases were registered on the basis of a CD whose origin was not known. He said at that time only audio cassettes were in use and not CDs. The counsel said the forensic science laboratory had submitted its report on Aug 8, 2008, but the FIR was registered after a delay of one year.
On the other hand, the state government contended that the vigilance bureau had already completed investigations in the case and sought permission to file formal charges.
Talking to reporters, Satyapal Jain, representing the government, said: ‘We would soon file a caveat in the apex court against the high court’s suspension of the implementation of the judgment for 15 days.’
‘We are legally examining the judgment. If it’s legally possible, we can even file the charge sheet against Virbhadra Singh and his wife in a trial court. The prosecution is ready to file the challan any time,’ he added.
Justice Kuldip Singh in June this year had rejected Virbhadra Singh’s another plea to make chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Director General of Police D.S. Manhas party to the police FIR registered against him.