The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today seized under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) a farmhouse in New Delhi belonging to the family of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
The farmhouse, valued at around Rs 29 crore, was purchased by Maple, a firm owned by Singh's son. The ED said its investigation revealed that black money was used to buy the farmhouse.
The ED claimed the market price of the farmhouse was shown to be Rs 1 crore, while Rs 5.47 crore was paid in cash.
Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a chargesheet against Virbhadra Singh and others in a disproportionate assets case, hours after the Delhi High Court denied him any relief and removed the interim stay on his interrogation or arrest.
WIFE, OTHERS CHARGESHEETED
Besides 82-year-old Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan, his associate Chunni Lal, Joginder Singh Ghalta, Prem Raj, Lawan Kumar Roach, Vakamullah Chandrashekhara, and Ram Prakash Bhatia were also chargesheeted in the case.
The CBI has booked the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with abetment and forgery and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.
The CBI had registered the case on September 23, 2016, under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan and an associate Chunni Lal.
The case was registered after a preliminary inquiry found that Virbhadra Singh, during his term as a Union minister from 2009 to 2012, allegedly accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income.