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Jun 26, 2012, 01.01 PM IST
Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Virbhadra Singh is all set to resign from the Union Cabinet following the framing of corruption charges against him for allegedly misusing his office when he was the Himachal Pradesh chief minister in 1989.
Claiming that he was being framed, Virbhadra Singh said,"Nobody has ever raised a finger ever on my honesty and integrity. When PK Dhumal became the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister he fabricated the case based on false evidence. I faced the trial and the case was dismissed by the sessions court in Shimla. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister PK Dhumal is back to his old antics. I intend to resign to devote full time to fight the case. I intend to catch the bull by horns. I am not afraid of facing trial as my conscience is clear. I will go to court of law and court of people and expose all."
According to the charges framed against the former chief minister, he allegedly granted favours to industrialists and his convesation was recorded in a audio CD. In the CD Virbhadra is allegedly heard speaking with IAS officer Mohinder Lal and some industrialists regarding alleged monetary transactions for them to invest in the state.
Charges were framed against the 78-year-old Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh under Section 120 B (conspiracy) of IPC and Sections 7,11 and 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) dealing with bribery and criminal misconduct in a 23-year-old case.
The prosecution had filed a chargesheet in 2010. Sources say that Virbhadra had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in May to apprise them of the court verdict.
Tags: CD controversy, Virdhadra Singh, Himachal Pradesh, Congress, PK Dhumal, Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, Congress president, Congress, Sonia Gandhi
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