New Delhi : A Delhi court on Monday asked the CBI to file its reply on Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s plea seeking copy of the FIR against him and others in an alleged disproportionate assets case, two days after the agency conducted searches at his Delhi and Shimla residences. Special CBI Judge S C Rajan allowed the plea of Singh who sought the court’s permission to inspect the judicial record of the case lodged against him.
“CBI is directed to file its reply on an application moved by Virbhadra Singh seeking a copy of FIR. IO is also directed to be present on the next date of hearing. Put up for hearing on September 30,” the CBI Judge said. During the hearing, CBI’s public prosecutor sought adjournment on the Chief Minister’s plea, saying the concerned Investigating Officer was absent as he was busy with the case. Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for Singh, said his client should be supplied with the copy of FIR which was needed to move the Supreme Court.
On this, the court asked CBI file its reply and directed the IO to remain present on the next date of hearing. Aggarwal then urged that he be allowed to inspect the judicial records to enable him make a case before the apex court. The court allowed Singh’s plea after he filed a fresh application regarding inspection of judicial records. CBI had registered a Preliminary Enquiry, which was recently converted into a regular case, against Singh and his family members for allegedly amassing wealth of Rs 6.1 crore.
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