The Central Bureau of Investigation which is probing Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in an alleged disproportionate assets case said that the senior Congress leader “had no explanation when confronted with evidences against him and his family members”.The probe agency also told dna that family members of the octogenarian leader, that includes his wife Pratibha Singh, will also be questioned soon. The agency claimed that its investigators were in possession of foolproof evidence against Virbhadra Singh, his associates and partners in criminal conspiracy regarding the assets acquired in the name of his wife and children.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CBI source also told dna that the senior Congress leader, when asked about the involvement of his family members in the alleged case, responded by saying, “They are answerable for themselves.”Singh on Thursday reached the CBI headquarters around 11 am. His questioning lasted till 2 pm. This is the first time the senior Congress leader was questioned by the probe agency which had had carried out searches at his residences in Delhi and Shimla in September 26 last year.”Mr Singh during his questioning said that he had no idea on how to make assets or acquire the same in the name of his wife and children. Our investigators are likely to summon the other accused in the case which includes Mr Singh’s family members as well,” the source said.It is alleged that during his 2009-12 stint as a steel minister in the UPA II government, Singh accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore in his name and in the name of his family members, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income.”The preliminary inquiry had revealed that Mr Virbhadra Singh, during 2009-2012, had allegedly accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore in his name and in the name of his family members,” an official said. The case was registered in September last year under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the Himachal chief minister, his wife Pratibha, his associate Chunni Lal and Life Insurance Corporation agent Anand Chauhan.Chauhan, has been accused of showing the accumulated money as proceeds of agricultural income – not taxed in India – from Singh’s apple orchard ‘Shrikhand’, located in the state.
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