Graft case: Virbhadra Singh fails to get reprieve in court

Shimla : Union minister and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh Saturday again failed to get any reprieve from the Himachal Pradesh High Court in a corruption case registered against him and his wife by the state’s vigilance and anti-corruption bureau in 2009.

The division bench of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice V.K. Ahuja, which reserved its order Jan 5, said: “The trial court (in Shimla) is free to examine the accused. The prosecution and the accused are to be given an opportunity for hearing.”

The union minister of micro, small and medium enterprises had sought the transfer of the corruption case against him to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and quashing of the police complaint against them.

He also petitioned for a stay on the trial court proceedings in the case. Soon after the registration of the case, the union minister had moved the high court.

Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh were booked by state police Aug 3, 2009, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, for alleged misuse of his official position and criminal misconduct when he was the chief minister of the state in 1989.

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