NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation questioned Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for second consecutive day on Friday for seven hours in connection with a case of disproportionate assets registered against him, his wife Pratibha Singh and others.
They agency has also summoned his family members and others who have named in the FIR to join the probe into the case.
“Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister arrived at the agency headquarters at around 10 am and was questioned till 5.30 pm,” said a CBI officer adding that Singh was no co-operating in the probe and he might be called for grilling again.
On Thursday, the agency had also questioned Singh for seven hours and had asked him to join the investigation on Friday also. A CBI officer said that they have got ample evidence against Singh, his family members and associates in criminal conspiracy regarding the assets.
The agency alleged that Singh, while serving as Union Minister during 2009-2012 (UPA rule), had allegedly accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore (approx) in his name and in the name of his family members which were found to be disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Last year, the agency had registered a case of disproportionate assets against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and his wife Pratibha Singh and raided his official residences in Shimla and Delhi and 11 other places.
In total the agency conducted the searches at 13 different locations in Shimla and Solan (Himachal Pradesh) and New Delhi.
The agency sleuths had also carried out searches at his official residence near Jantar Mantar in Delhi and a farm house in Mehrauli in South Delhi which is in the name of his son Vikramaditya Singh.
The CBI team had also raided the premises of a company owned by the son and daughter of the Congress CM — Maple Destinations and Dreambuild Pvt Ltd. Virbhadra's son Vikramaditya Singh and daughter Aprajita Kumari, own 95 per cent and 5 per cent respectively of Maple.
The then Union Minister for Steel and MSME had invested his unaccounted income in LIC policies in his name and in the name of his wife and other family members through a private person by showing the same as agricultural income. This was done by creation of a MoU purportedly dated June, 15, 2008 for maintenance of an apple orchard, with the said private person for a period of three years. The private person had allegedly deposited about Rs 5 crore cash in his own bank account and debited the same through cheques for purchasing various LIC policies in their names.