Vigilance files charge sheet against Virbhadra

Shimla: Charge sheet was filed against Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh Friday after the Himachal Pradesh High Court dismissed his plea to transfer a corruption case against him to the CBI.

Himachal Pradesh Vigilance Bureau Inspector General K.C. Sadyal confirmed that a charge sheet was filed against the union minister and his wife Pratibha Singh in a special court here later in the day.

Sadyal said the court has listed 4th October as the next date for hearing the case.

Earlier, on the very first day of the hearing in the Himachal Pradesh High Court Sep 17, state counsel Satyapal Jain had asserted that the government was ready to file the charge sheet in the trial court but would not do so till the matter was pending with the high court.

A division bench of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Deepak Gupta Thursday observed that it was not a fit case for transferring the probe to the CBI at this point of time.

Virbhadra Singh had sought the case transfer to the CBI under Article 226 of the constitution, which deals with special powers of high courts.

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