The Asian Age

CBI FILES FI­NAL STA­TUS RE­PORT IN VIRB­HADRA GRAFT CASE

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The CBI filed its fi­nal sta­tus re­port in the Delhi high court on Mon­day on its in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions of graft, money laun­der­ing and forgery charges against the Hi­machal Pradesh chief min­is­ter Virb­hadra Singh dur­ing his ear­lier ten­ure as CM and Union min­is­ter. The court also di­rected the Mr Singh to file his af­fi­davit on Tues­day.

“The fi­nal sta­tus re­port of the CBI is filed in sealed cover and same is also taken on record,” said a bench of Chief Jus­tice G. Ro­hini and Jus­tice R. S. End­law. The mat­ter has now been fixed for Septem­ber 10 for the next hear­ing. “How can a party ( Hi­machal CM) be al­lowed to file its re­sponse with­out be­ing is­sued a no­tice?” the court added.

The court’s re­sponse took place after the coun­sel for Mr Singh told the court that a no­tice should not be is­sued against the chief min­is­ter and he be al­lowed to ad­vance the ar­gu­ments on the is­sues in­clud­ing the main­tain­abil­ity of the PIL against him.

The court was hear­ing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause against the politi­cian.

The court had ear­lier asked the CBI to file its sta­tus re­port in the mat­ter.

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