A special Central Bureau of Investigation Court in New Delhi on Thursday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife in connection with a money laundering case, PTI reported.
The court will take up the case up again on April 25, when it will scrutinise documents related to the alleged offence, ANI reported.
In February, the Enforcement Directorate chargesheeted Singh, his wife Pratibha and four others in a money laundering case, The Indian Express reported.
The chargesheet was filed in the Patiala House Court. The agency charged the 83-year-old Singh with projecting “proceeds of crime” amounting to Rs 7 crore as agricultural income in connivance with his wife and others, and investing it in LIC policies
On Thursday, special judge Arvind Kumar granted the accused relief in response to a summons it had issued against them at the last hearing on February 12, saying “prima facie” there was enough evidence against them.
While the ED counsel, Nitesh Rana, opposed their bail plea and asked for judicial custody, the court granted the bail saying the ED had not arrested Singh and the others during its investigation.
Apart from Singh and his wife, the other accused include Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and two other co-accused, Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach. The court granted them all bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000.
The former chief minister is also accused of amassing assets worth Rs 10 crore disproportionate to his income between 2009 and 2011, when he was a Union minister. He has been charged with forgery and corruption by the Central Bureau of Investigation in this case.