Jaitley accuses Virbhadra of granting favour to firm

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    Jaitley accuses Virbhadra of granting favour to firm, writes to Manmohan

    Days after Rahul Gandhi sought to take a moral high ground by expressing displeasure at the Maharashtra government rejection of the Adarsh housing scam report, the BJP accused Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Monday of granting a "quid pro quo" favour to a businessman and dared the Congress vice-president to walk the talk on corruption by removing Virbhadra Singh.

    "New documents reveal a favour is shown to a private company that grants a loan to the Chief Minister (Virbhadra) and his wife. In one of the group companies, his wife and two children become shareholders. There cannot be a stronger evidence of quid pro quo," leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claiming "offences under Prevention of Corruption Act, besides violation of various revenue laws".

    The letter alleges that Virbhadra, soon after coming to power last year, granted extension to Venture Energy and Technology for execution of a hydel project. The contract granted to the firm in 2002 had been cancelled in 2004 for delay in execution.

    Jaitley has cited a Lok Sabha bypoll affidavit filed by Pratibha Singh, wife of Virbhadra, to highlight that "the promoter of this company, Vakamulla Chandrasekhar, had given an unsecured loan of Rs 1.5 crore to Pratibha and Rs 2.4 crore to Virbhadra". He said documents from the registrar of companies office suggested the CM's wife and two children were shareholders in another firm promoted by Chandrasekhar.

    "It appears that a favour was being shown to the said company. A quid pro quo was offered by the said company to Virbhadra Singh and his family around the same period," Jaitley has alleged.

    He said he had enclosed all supplementary documents with the letter. Releasing copies of his letter to the media at the BJP headquarters here, Jaitley claimed money changed hands between Virbhadra and the private firm with business interests in the state and asserted that it was an "open and shut case of corruption" in which the Congress leadership should demonstrate action.

    "This is a test for the Congress. This is a test for Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. This will show if their recent outbursts against corruption in the Adarsh case were a genuine reaction or it was contrived anger," he said. The BJP leader referred to two earlier cases of alleged corruption involving Virbhadra during his stint as the Union Steel Minister and said he should be removed in the wake of this third case.

    "These are cases that require immediate investigation by both the income-tax authorities and the CBI. I request you to look into this matter for appropriate action," Jaitley requested the Prime Minister.


    Jaitley accuses Virbhadra of granting favour to firm, writes to Manmohan - Indian Express

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    The corrupt must not pretend to be crusader for honesty and probity.

    The Congress has many skeletons of corruption in its cupboard and they have been tumbling down.

    The stoic silence of the PM has weathered much of the ignominy since had he spoken, hell would have broken loose.

    That Rahul Gandhi is a noivce and more of a dreamer is being proved.

    His holier than thou pronouncement of corruption with blatant corruption having been done by the Congress stalwarts has given ammunition to the Opposition to go hell for leather and cruelling driving the knife in slowly to extract maximum pain.

    The Veer Bhadra case is obviously a 'catch' and that is why the CBI has started its enquiry.

    It could not have done so without the blessings of the PM.

    The meek PM it appears is gleefully extracting his pound of flesh for all the ignominy that has been heaped on him by the sycophants of the Congress Party who have abandoned him to the wolves and lying prostrate at the Crown Prince's feet and doorstep!
     
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    CBI to book Virbhadra, Sheila on corruption charges

    In a major embarrassment to the Congress, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may begin investigation against its two senior leaders on corruption charges. The CBI is planning to grill former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh for their role into alleged fraud during their tenure.

    The Central agency has already started preliminary enquiry in five cases over alleged irregularities in Delhi Jal Board (DJB) which was headed by Sheila Dikshit.

    Sheila Government’s water supply scheme under CBI scanner

    Earlier, the CBI initiated enquiry in Delhi Government’s ambitious project to provide uninterrupted water supply to its citizens. The enquiries initiated regarding the tender terms allegedly favouring one of the bidders, a charge denied by Delhi Jal Board. The CBI also registered another enquiry related to alleged irregularities in the quality testing of water supply meters purchased from an infrastructure major private company.

    It registered three separate Preliminary Enquiries with regards to public-private partnership project with a European firm for supplying uninterrupted water supply to Nangloi, Malviya Nagar and Mehrauli areas.

    Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier levelled allegations of a scam of over Rs 10,000 crore in Delhi Jal Board.

    The agency is also planning to book Virbhadra Singh on charges of accepting bribe during his stint as Union Steel Minister.

    CBI sources said that FIR may be lodged against him for allegedly accepting crores as bribe.

    Earlier, BJP leader Arun Jaitley had alleged that Singh had altered his income tax account books from 2008 onwards to show a forged, back-dated contract and a highly inflated income of around Rs 6.5 crore.

    Singh had also come under the scanner following allegations that he had received payments from a steel company which had come to light after raids were conducted on Ispat’s Chanakyapuri office on December 1, 2010, and seized documents, including a curious-sounding “VBS” file, that indicated that the Steel Ministry, its officials and some Government firms had accepted bribes.

    According to the seized documents, the entity “VBS” had received about Rs 2.28 crore in payoffs from the steel major. Coincidentally, the time when the payments were made, Virbhadra Singh was the Steel Minister.

    CBI to book Virbhadra, Sheila on corruption charges | Niti Central
     
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    Cong deflects BJP's graft heat on HP CM

    NEW DELHI: BJP on Monday raised a fresh set of corruption allegations against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, accusing him of accepting payments and shares from a private power company that received benefits from the state government.

    Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that Venture Energy and Technology was allowed to complete a project despite a default while the firm gave unsecured loans to the CM and his wife.

    Jaitley said Singh did not reveal having received payments from the firm when he filed an affidavit on his assets and liabilities on October 17, 2012 ahead of the Himachal Pradesh assembly election.

    Yet, when Singh"s wife Pratibha Singh contested the Mandi bye-election - the seat vacated by the CM - she declared to having received an unsecured loan of Rs 1.5 crore from V Chandrashekhar, the promoter of the firm. The CM received Rs 2.4 crore.

    Jaitley alleged, an amount of Rs 58 lakh that the company was to pay for the delayed execution of the Sai Kothi project, has not been paid till date. Jaitley sent a copy of the letter he wrote to the PM to CBI director Ranjit Sinha as well.

    Congress rebutted corruption charges levelled by Jaitley against HP CM, terming it as "mere allegations".

    Reacting to the allegations, Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said, "Allegations don't mean much. But even previously in the five years of BJP government they instituted lot of enquiries against Virbhadra Singh and at the end of it nothing came out."

    The Congress leader said, "If Jaitley has evidence let him put it out in open. Let's wait for the Prime Minister to take cognizance of the evidence presented by the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha."

    Dikshit"s defence came after BJP leader took a dig at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying that they should come clear on their stand on corruption.

    The BJP leader wondered why Chandrashekhar and his firm extended the loans to the Singhs when both the promoter and Venture energy are deep in debt. Bank records of the CM and his wife in 2012 show surplus cash, raising the question as to why they needed unsecured loans.

    Jaitley said there are more links between the firm and the Singh family as they have been allotted shares in Tarini Infrastructure, a firm also promoted by Chandrashekhar.

    In its filing on September 29, 2012 - before the HP election and the subsequent Mandi by-poll - Tarini Infrastructure revealed that the CM's wife held 3,40,000 equity shares, while his son and daughter had a similar number of shares against their names.

    Another 10,000 equity shares were in the name of an official attached to the CM.

    The BJP leader in his letter said there could not be a stronger case of quid pro quo and also pointed to previous controversies surrounding Singh such a bank account for Rs 5 crore being operated to purchase life insurance policies for the Congress leader and his family members.

    Jaitley also referred to documents, including dairy entries, seized during a raid on the offices of a steel company that set out alleged payments against entities such as VBS. The BJP leader said this seemed to be reference to the HP CM and needed to be thoroughly probed by CBI.

    Cong deflects BJP's graft heat on HP CM - The Times of India
     
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    CBI likely to quiz Himachal CM on graft charges soon

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is planning to call Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh soon for questioning in connection with the preliminary enquiry probing alleged corruption charges against him.

    The agency has been probing corruption charges against Singh for an alleged payment of Rs 2.4 crore by a power company when he was the steel minister and a sudden increase in his Income Tax (I-T) returns, which he showed as profits from apple orchards in 'connivance' with an LIC agent, said sources.

    CBI began an enquiry into the matter last October on the basis of a complaint by State Trading Corporation (STC) asking the agency to probe payments made to STC officials by private companies and subsequently Prashant Bhushan wrote to the CBI director Ranjit Sinha and then filed a petition in the Delhi High Court. Bhushan had alleged that there were several primary documents like I-T returns and affidavits filed during nomination linking the Congress leader to "dubious transactions" and investments involving large sums of money when he was the minister at the Centre.

    It was alleged that Singh filed the I-T returns for assessment year 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 showing agricultural income of Rs 7.35 lakh, Rs 15 lakh and Rs 25 lakh respectively, which is exempt under the I-T Act. "In 2012, in order to explain the unaccounted money, Virbhadra Singh filed revised IT returns for assessment year 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 showing revised agricultural income, showing an increase of 18 to 30 fold of income in the three years. The total increase in agricultural income amounted to Rs 6.10 crore," Bhushan's petition in the Delhi HC last November had alleged.

    It was alleged that on December 1, 2010, the I-T department had seized some documents from the office of private company Ispat Industries whose spreadsheet purportedly showed payments made to one "VBS". Singh had denied the allegations.

    CBI sources say the records found from Ispat Industries had details of payment made to VBS and employees of STC. "Later, Income Tax Department had written to the private companies seeking clarification on the payments made to STC officials. The STC wrote to CBI and asked us to enquire the matter. Based on that, we started an enquiry. Later Prashant Bhushan had also alleged about payments made to VBS," said a senior CBI officer.

    Singh was the steel minister between May 2009 and January 2011.

    CBI likely to quiz Himachal CM on graft charges soon - The Times of India
     
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    It appears that the bell tolls not only for the Congress, but also for Sheila Dixit and Virbhadra Singh.

    However, it may not happen for Sheila Dixit since the AAP is banking on their support in governing Delhi.

    If that does not happen, then AAP would seriously lose much of its credibility and goodwill since all are expecting good governance and ridding corruption.

    Given the fact that AAP will be beholden to the Congress Party, could it be that they will bank on their populist schemes and their implementation so that it clouds the issue of ridding corruption?

    This rather unfortunate situation where the AAP has landed itself with of having a political party they claimed was the worst corrupt party, is surely going to queer their pitch and become an Albatross around their neck.

    How will they deliver and yet take on the corruption of the erstwhile Shiela Dixit govt.

    Obviously all is not well with the last Govt given the fact that it was reported that govt officials were burning files before the AAP took over the reins!
     
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