Himachal High Court lists Virbhadra CD case for Jan 5

Shimla: Respondent state government counsel not able to conclude arguments in the petition moved by union minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh for quashing of a corruption case filed against them, the High Court posted the matter for 5th January, here today.

The case came up before the division bench of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice VK Ahuja.

Virbhadra Singh, who has been a five time chief minister of the state and his wife have petitioned the court for quashing of a corruption case registered against them that is based on investigations carried out on alleged recorded telephone conversations that Vijay Singh Mankotia in a audio CD made public on 28 May, 2007.

The case is before the trial court and comes up for hearing on 31st December.

Satpal Jain, counsel engaged by the state government, argued against quashing of the case in the High Court.

The petitioners have pleaded that the case before the trial court be stayed, the case registered be quashed or the case be transferred to Central Bureau of Investigation for impartial investigation.

Pressing charges against the minister and his wife, the state police before the trial court have maintained that the voices in the CD are that of the accused, a former bureaucrat Mohinder Lal and one KN Sharma.

The recorded conversations, believed to be two decade old, are said to contain references to illegal money transactions.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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