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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, and his family will be questioned by the CBI in connection with its probe into disproportionate assets worth Rs 6.10 crore acquired by them.

The Congress leader was examined last year in Delhi in connection with its probe into corruption in the State Trading Corporation and alleged revised Income Tax returns.

Singh will now be formally examined again to find out the sources of income. Though the agency refused to give a timeline for examining Singh and his family members.

The CBI allegations against Virbhadra Singh are that as Union steel minister, he acquired disproportionate assets worth Rs 6.10 crore.

The money was then invested in LIC policies through an insurance agent, Anand Chauhan, showing it as agricultural income which is exempt from income tax.

Singh filed IT returns for assessment years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 showing agricultural income of Rs 735,000, Rs 1,500,000 and Rs 2,500,000 respectively.

In order to explain the unaccounted money, Singh filed revised IT returns in 2012 for assessment years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

According to the CBI, the documents showing revised agricultural income, revealed an 18 to 30-fold increase in income in the three years which was Rs 2.21 crore, Rs 2.8 crore and Rs 1.55 crore respectively (total Rs 6.10 crore).

“The said income (Rs 6.10 crore) of the revised ITR was allegedly earned through agricultural income at Srikhand Apple Orchards in Rampur, Shimla. LIC agent Anand Chauhan was given the charge to manage the orchard at a commission of two percent. The orchard did not have that kind of production that it can give income of Rs 6.10 crore in three years,” the agency said.

Meanwhile, Virbhadra Singh said in a statement that “he and his family members were being targeted out of political vendetta”.

“The CBI probe is political vendetta against me and witch-hunting being manipulated by the NDA government on the behest of former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. I have been cleared by court in all the cases earlier”, Singh said.

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Ryan International School Murder Mystery Solved! 16-year-old Student who wanted exams Postponed Accused of Murder

The Haryana Police had earlier claimed that Pradhuman was killed by Ryan International School bus conductor Ashok Kumar inside the toilet as the boy resisted a bid to sodomise him.

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Murder mystery of the class 2 student at Ryan international school, Gurugram has finally been solved (representative image) IANS

Gurugram, November 8, 2017 : A 16-year-old student of Ryan International School in Gurugram who wanted exams and a scheduled meeting between teachers and parents delayed is the prime accused in the murder of Class 2 student Pradhuman Thakur, the CBI said on Wednesday.

CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said the Class 11 student was detained on Tuesday night after “inspection of the crime spot, scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, statements and questioning of several people” revealed that he had carried a knife inside the school campus on the day of the crime and used it to kill his junior school mate.

“The weapon used in the commission of crime is a knife which was recovered initially by police in Gurugram (Haryana). It is now with us,” Dayal told reporters here.

He said the detained student was weak in studies and “wanted to have examination and parent-teacher meeting postponed”. Pradhuman, 7, was his random target.

The parents of the detained student were kept informed throughout the investigation, said the spokesperson for the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The CBI took over the case on September 22 from Haryana Police, nearly two weeks after the Class 2 boy was found with his throat slit in a bathroom of Ryan International School.

The accused will now be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, where the court is expected to decide whether he is to be treated as a major or a minor as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

The Haryana Police had earlier claimed that Pradhuman was killed by Ryan International School bus conductor Ashok Kumar inside the toilet as the boy resisted a bid to sodomise him.

While Ashok Kumar was arrested, Pradhuman’s parents and two other staffers have claimed that he was being made a scapegoat. (ians)

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