Virbhadra’s plea in CD case deferred by court

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court deferred till Monday the hearing of Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh’s plea seeking that a corruption case against him be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The court saw intense arguments for over four hours Friday as Virbhadra Singh’s counsel said his client was being falsely implicated. The hearing came before a division bench of the Himachal Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Deepak Gupta.

Virbhadra Singh’s counsel R.S. Cheema said the case was registered on the basis of an audio CD whose origin, source and authenticity was not known.

State counsel Satyapal Jain argued that the government has completed the inquiry against the former chief minister. He said since the inquiry is complete, there is no need to transfer the case to the CBI and there should be no delay in the filing of charge sheet in the trial court.

The case was listed for its first hearing Sep 17 when Jain gave a verbal undertaking that the state would not file a charge sheet against him till the matter is pending with the high court.

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