Virbhadra Singh Disproportionate Assets case: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday granted bail to all the accused in the Disproportionate Assets case, including Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife. According to ANI, Virbhadra Singh will have to furnish a personal bond and surety of Rs 1 lakh. He has also be directed to not leave the country without the CBI court’s permission. Reacting to the bail, the CM said, “It’s a political vendetta. It’s a long battle and I will fight and win the case”. Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh were granted bail in a disproportionate assets case of nearly Rs 10 crore.
Earlier in the day, the CBI had opposed the bail plea saying that the CM might influence the witnesses and probe against the accused. The public prosecutor had told the court that Singh was the “King of the state” and if he was granted bail, then nobody would be willing to testify against him before the court. According to PTI, the prosecutor had said, “Accused is the Chief Minister. He is the King of the state and in connivance with others manipulated more than six crores into white money by doing criminal activities”.
Virbhadra Singh and the other accused in the case had submitted in the bail plea that the investigation had already been completed since the CBI had filed its chargesheet. But the CBI had argued that the investigation was still on and the bail might hamper it. The bail pleas, however, had said, “The agency did not choose to arrest the accused in the case while the probe was already on. If released on bail, there are no chances that the accused will influence the witnesses or hamper the probe since there is no allegation that they ever tried to do so in the case”
The 82-year-old CM had also cited various medical reports stating that he was suffering from various ailments. The accused also told the court that they would be able to defend their case in a better manner if they were out on bail. “The bail should not be denied as a matter of punishment,” the pleas said