NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) grilled Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's son Vikramaditya Singh on Tuesday in connection with alleged disproportionate assets case registered against his father.
“Vikramaditya reached at CBI headquarters in Delhi around 11 am and left at 5: 30 pm the evening,” said a CBI officer adding that he was also not cooperating in the probe. “Most of the time during questioning, he showed ignorance of the fact,” the officer said.
The agency recorded his statement and had also planned to call him again in the case. The agency has also summoned chief minister's daughter Aprajita Kumari for questioning in the case. Sources said that are being treated as witnesses in the case rather than accused in the case.
Vikramaditya and Aprajita’s had filed a plea at Delhi High court seeking their protection from arrest after CBI called them for questioning on Monday and Tuesday.
Aprajita and Vikramaditya had told the court that their father and mother have been named as accused in the FIR along with others, but they have not been named. They told the court that they will join the investigation but they apprehend that CBI can detain them.
Earlier this month, the agency questioned Virbhadra Singh for two consecutive in connection with a case of disproportionate 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 Vikramaditya.
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. Vikramaditya and Aprajita 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.