Want to further quiz HP CM’s wife, ED tells court

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New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that Pratibha Singh, wife of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, needed to be further questioned in the ongoing probe in a money laundering case.

Justice Vipin Sanghi was told by the ED as Virbhadra Singh’s wife did not have answers to several questions put to her during questioning on August 9 and some documents were also sought from her, so she needed to be further questioned.

Earlier, the ED had told the court it had no intention as of now to arrest Pratibha Singh and if it is satisfied, that a case is made out against her, the court will be informed before she is arrested.

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Pratibha Singh filed the plea for restraint orders against the agency in the wake of the arrest of Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan, a co-accused in the money laundering case.

The ED arrested Chauhan from Chandigarh on July 9 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act – the first arrest in the case, in which the Himachal Chief Minister is an accused.

Both the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation have accused Chauhan of in vesting Virbhadra Singh’s “tainted” money of Rs 5 crore in LIC policies under his and his family members’ names.

The ED reportedly found that Virbhadra Singh had accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore, both in his and his family members’ names, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income, during his tenure as Union Steel Minister from 2009 to 2011.

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