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ED attaches Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh's Rs 27.29 cr farmhouse in Delhi

The agency took the step under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The farmhouse is situated in south Delhi's Mehrauli area.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [Published on:03 Apr 2017, 4:28 PM IST]
File pic of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh
File pic of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached a farmhouse with a market value of Rs 27.29 crore here in connection with its money laundering probe against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and others. 

The agency took the step under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The farmhouse is situated in south Delhi's Mehrauli area. 

"The purchase value of the farmhouse is Rs 6.61 crore but its market value is Rs 27.29 crore. It is in the name of ‘Maple Destinations and Dreambuild'," an ED official said.

He said that it was purchased by funding done through shell companies and it was the second attachment in the case. 

The Enforcement Directorate's move came after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet against Singh and others for allegedly amassing assets worth Rs 6.03 crore. 

The ED had filed a criminal case under the PMLA against Singh and others in 2015 following the CBI's FIR of September 23, 2015 against Singh his wife Pratibha, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and an associate, Chunni Lal, and other unknown persons.

The case was registered after a preliminary inquiry found that Singh, as a Union minister from 2009 to 2012, allegedly accumulated assets worth Rs 6.03 crore, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income.