Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Thursday denied that the state government was going slow on the corruption cases registered against Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh, and stressed that the investigation agencies “are on the job”.
“The government is not dragging its feet in the corruption cases registered against Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh. We are following the legal procedure. The law will take its own course,” he told reporters here.
Congress rebel leader Vijai Singh Mankotia, who had released an audio CD on the basis of which the police have registered cases against Singh and his wife, had alleged the government was going slow on the investigations.
“The government would not spare anybody, irrespective of his status, if any corruption case is surfaced. But the government would not work with vindictiveness,” Dhumal said.
The cases against Singh and his wife were registered Aug 3. The complaint against Singh was misuse of official position and criminal misconduct when he was chief minister in 1989.
In the audio CD, Singh was heard referring to some monetary transactions on phone with former IAS officer Mahinder Lal, who is now dead. It also contained recordings of his wife, a former MP from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.
The police sent the CD and their voice samples for analysis at the Chandigarh-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory, which said the voices of Singh and his wife matched those on the CD.