The former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh were named in a chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a Delhi court. The chargesheet was filed in a money laundering case before Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann. A total of six people have been named accused in this chargesheet including the former chief minister and his wife. Besides 83-year-old Singh and his 62-year-old wife, the others named are Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) agent Anand Chauhan and two other co-accused, Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach.
All the accused have been charged under relevant provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED had earlier filed a chargesheet against Anand Chauhan which means that this is the second chargesheet against him. In a status report regarding its ongoing probe, the ED claimed it recently recorded the statements of several witnesses and investigated bank transactions. The court, which had earlier granted ED time to file its supplementary charge sheet in the case, had directed it to submit a status report after the agency on January 18 sought one more month to complete the probe.
Anand Chauhan was arrested by ED on July 9, 2016 under relevant provisions of the PMLA and was granted bail on January 2 in the money laundering case. In a separate case filed by the CBI in relation to the matter, Singh, his wife and Chauhan were charge-sheeted along with others.
The other accused in the CBI case are Chunni Lal Chauhan, stamp paper vendor Joginder Singh Ghalta, Managing Director of Tarani Infrastructure Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, and co-accused Lawan Kumar Roach, Prem Raj and Ram Prakash Bhatia. The CBI had claimed that Singh had amassed assets worth around Rs 10 crore which were disproportionate to his total income during his tenure as a Union minister.