CBI moves SC for arrest of Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh in DA case

The CBI on Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging a high court order restraining it from arresting and interrogating Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh in a corruption case.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said they would hear the plea by the investigating agency on the opening day after the Dusshera holidays. The court said this as additional solicitor general PS Patwalia mentioned the matter in the morning.

The CBI also asked the apex court to transfer the case from the Himachal Pradesh high court to Delhi, TV reports said.

Singh is accused of amassing assets beyond his known sources of income during his earlier tenure as the chief minister and a union minister in UPA II. He was accused of corruption, money laundering and

forgery, a charge denied by him.

A public interest litigation filed recently by the NGO headed by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan has alleged that Singh received unaccounted money to the tune of nearly Rs 5 crore.

Last month, Virbhadra Singh moved a local court seeking directions to CBI to supply copy of FIR lodged against him and others in an alleged disproportionate assets case, two days after the agency conducted searches at his Delhi and Shimla residence.

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