Virbhadra Acquitted!

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  1. Ray

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    Virbhadra, wife acquitted in graft case

    Shimla, Dec 24 (IANS) Less than 24 hours before taking oath as Himachal Pradesh chief minister for the sixth time, Congress leader Virbhadra Singh got a major reprieve as a Shimla court acquitted him and and his wife Pratibha Singh in a corruption case.

    Special Judge B.L. Soni, while pronouncing the 21-page order, in a jam-packed court said that the "the prosecution has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt".

    "There is no evidence of exercising personal influence by Pratibha Singh on Virbhadra Singh for getting cleared matters related to Mohan Meakin Ltd. (brewery in Solan town) and Gujarat Ambuja Ltd."

    Soni said there was also no evidence of any misconduct on the part of Virbhadra Singh.

    Defence counsel Shrawan Dogra told reporters that not even a single witness out of 39 examined supported the prosecution evidence.
    The prosecution had filed the charge sheet against the couple in October 2010.

    Virbhadra Singh and Pratibha Singh were booked by the state police Aug 3, 2009, under the Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged misuse of official position and criminal misconduct when he was the chief minister in 1989.

    According to the police, the couple was booked on the basis of an audio cassette released by Virbhadra Singh's once political adversary Vijai Singh Mankotia in 2007.

    The cassette allegedly contained Virbhadra Singh's telephonic conversation with Indian Administrative Service officer Mohinder Lal, who is now dead.

    It also contained voices of his wife and some industrialists, who have been identified by police, proposing to invest in the state.

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    Now, that is what I call a fast track court.

    Virbhadra saved by the bell!

    Prosecution as dead as a door nail!

    And it is also is a wonderful coincidence that VS Mankotia who initiated the issue of graft is miraculously now with Virbhadra.

    Miracles never cease!
     
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    He has to, he was suppose to take the oath as CM. The lucky guy. Thanks to the judges as well. Where is opposition? Oh well they will wait for something like same for themselves.
     
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    Virbhadra graft case: Prime witness brings doubt

    Shimla, Nov 16 (IANS) In a major shift, one of the prime witnesses in the corruption case against former chief minister and Congress leader Virbhadra Singh Friday brought an element of doubt in a trial court here.

    Witness Vijai Singh Mankotia, once Virbhadra Singh's political adversary, informed the court of Special Judge B.L. Soni that the recorded voices in an audio cassette "seem to be of Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh and former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Mohinder Lal".

    Mankotia's statement is significant as he has been insisting that the telephonic conversations about monetary transactions were that of the couple and the officer......

    Interestingly, ahead of Nov 4 assembly polls in the state, Mankotia rejoined the Congress on the recommendation of five?time chief minister and state Congress president Virbhadra Singh.

    Mankotia had released the cassette after he was expelled from the Congress party.

    Virbhadra graft case: Prime witness brings doubt

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    Accusation of convenience?
     

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