The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan before a division bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Manmohan. (Agencies)
It will come up for hearing on November 27. The petition stated that there were several primary documents like income tax returns and affidavits filed during nomination papers linking the Congress leader to ‘dubious transactions’ and investments involving large sums of money when he was in the Central Government.
The counsel also stated that neither the government nor any of its agencies has bothered to initiate an investigation even after they were formally requested to do so by the petitioner.
Bhushan made detailed complaints to the chief vigilance commissioner (CVC) and the Central Bureau of Investigation on January 11 but nothing had happened yet.
"Several acts of money laundering, corruption, possession of disproportionate assets and criminal misconduct allegedly committed by Virbhadra Singh which warrant a thorough and impartial investigation but the same has not been initiated despite well documented complaints made by the petitioner," the plea said.
It added that even the allegations fully supported by primary documents and which have been in public domain for months had not been probed.
"Inaction of the government in ordering a fair and independent investigation despite there being a serious case of misuse of office for personal gain would encourage corruption in the country," the PIL submitted.
It sought direction to the CBI and the income tax department to initiate an investigation under the supervision of the court or CVC into the charges of ‘money laundering, corruption, possession of disproportionate assets, criminal misconduct against Virbhadra Singh’.
The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan before a division bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Manmohan.