HC asks Himachal CM Virbhadra to join probe, directs CBI not to arrest him

New Delhi:  The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh — an accused in a disproportionate assets case along with others — to join the probe in the matter and directed CBI not to arrest him.

Justice Pratibha Rani said this after Singh told the court that he was willing to join the investigation and cooperate with the agency.

"They (Singh's counsel) are saying that they are ready to join the investigation. It is only about joining the investigation. They will join. You (CBI) will not arrest him," the court said.

A file photo of Virbhadra Singh. PTI

A file photo of Virbhadra Singh. PTI

The court said this while disposing of CBI's plea seeking vacation of Himachal Pradesh High Court's interim order of 1 October, 2015 restraining the agency from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet against Singh in the case.

The court told senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Singh, to provide the personal mobile number of his client to the agency and also said Singh will have to join the probe whenever he is called by the investigating officer (IO).

During the hearing, Sibal told the court that Singh was willing to join the probe.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) PS Patwalia, who appeared for CBI, initially pressed for modification of the interim order saying the agency "should be given a free hand to investigate" the case.

However, at the fag end of the hearing, the ASG said, "We are happy that he (Singh) is willing to join the investigation. Let him join the investigation. He should be rest assured that nothing extraordinary would happen. We will take it in the normal course."

On Wednesday, Singh had said he had no problem in joining the CBI's investigation in the matter after the Delhi High Court asked him why he was not doing so.

The court had said it would refer the matter to the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to decide whether a single judge bench can hear this plea as the interim order was passed by a division bench of Himachal Pradesh HC.

Updated Date: Apr 06, 2016 17:06 PM

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