Onus on Virbhadra to come clean: Jaitley

Continuing his attack on Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh over corruption charges, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley Sunday underlined that the state police cannot be expected to undertake a fair investigation into the charges and dared the Chief Minister to grant permission for a CBI probe into the allegations.

"This case obviously cannot be investigated by the Himachal Pradesh Police against its own Chief Minister. My letter to the CBI Director on December 29, 2013 constitutes an FIR. In order to investigate the same, the consent of the state government under section 6 of the Delhi Special Police (Establishment) Act is required. I dare the Government of Himachal Pradesh to give its consent so that an investigation into these allegations can also take place," Jaitley said in an article posted on his website. "The Congress party and Virbhadra Singh have decided to brazen out the allegations of corruption. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will hide behind silence," Jaitley said, deploring how the Himachal Pradesh CM has resorted to daring others "to either lodge an FIR against him or to prove the allegations of corruption".

Jaitley asserted that Virbhadra Singh and his family members' transactions with a clutch of private firms linked to a single person at a time when the said person's firm sought extension of his project from the government amounted to a quid pro quo transaction that fits well under corruption charges and added that the onus lies on Virbhadra Singh to come clean instead of daring others to prove the charges.

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