The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s wife Pratibha who has also been chargesheeted in the case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also sought bail in the case, according to an ANI report.
ANI also reports that the CBI has asked the court for time to file a response. The court will hear the matter on Monday, May 29.
The court had on May 8, asked Virbhadra and his wife to appear before it today. Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal had also asked Chunni Lal Chauhan, Joginder Singh Ghalta, Prem Raj, Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, Lawan Kumar Roach and Ram Prakash Bhatia to appear before it, according to an Indian Express report.
The Indian Express had also reported that the chargesheet in the DA case, which has over 500 pages states that Virbhadra has amassed assets worth Rs 10 crore which is disproportionate to his income as a union minister.
The charges against Singh and others also include forgery and corruption. The final report also mentions 225 witnesses and 442 documents in the case. The list of witnesses in the case also includes LIC agent Anand Chauhan who is currently in judicial custody. Chauhan was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a separate money laundering case linked to the DA case, according to the Indian Express.
Virbhadra Singh’s DA case was transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court last year. The Apex court also asked CBI not to arrest Singh, but to let him join the probe, according to an IE report.