25 June 2012. Union minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh are facing a corruption charge filed against them in October 2010. This is seen as a severe setback to Virbhadra Singh who has just held a massive rally in Shimla to show his strength and to strengthen his claim for chief minister’s post for the sixth term.
The court allowed the case to proceed after a CD surfaced which contained phone conversations of Virbhadra and his wife, talking to deceased bureaucrat Mohinder Singh, about illegal money dealing with some industrialists during the late 1989 and early 1990 period.
Two days before the court decision, Virbhadra Singh’s supporters had held a rally in Shimla to project him as the undisputed leader of party in the state. But now his detractors have started demanding his resignation from union cabinet.
Virbhadra called the case as a BJP conspiracy against him and that the evidence was fabricated and the CD was never authenticated. However he affirmed that he would take moral responsibility for it and would resign if needed. He affirmed that he would neither embarrass his party nor his prime minister but would rather resign when the occasion arises.