ED begins questioning Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh in DA case

virChief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh has arrived at the office of the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi for questioning. Singh is being questioned in connection with a disproportionate assets case. He has been accused of using shell companies to purchase a farmhouse in Delhi. It may be recalled that the ED had attached a farmhouse in Delhi.

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Himachal CM summoned by ED in disproportionate assets case

singhNew Delhi, Nov 27: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh for questioning in connection with the disproportionate assets case.
The ED wants to question Singh with regard to some of the financial transactions which led to the filing of the case in the first place.

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SC issues notice to Himachal Pradesh CM after CBI seeks his arrest

virNew Delhi, Oct 26: The Supreme Court of India today issued notices to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh on a petition filed by the CBI seeking to arrest him in connection with a disproportionate assets case.
The CBI had moved the Supreme Court after the High Court had granted Singh relief.
The CBI had sought before the High Court a directive to arrest Singh. However the plea was denied following which the CBI decided to go up before the Supreme Court in appeal. Singh will now respond to the notice issued by the Supreme Court.

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CBI seeks to arrest Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh, moves SC

singhShimla, Oct 15: The central Bureau of Investigation has moved the Supreme Court of India seeking to arrest Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in connection with the disproportionate assets case.
The matter will be heard on October 26.

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Election spending in Guj and HP

poli-moneyThe National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed the election expenditure documents of all the 182 newly elected MLAs in the Gujarat and all 68 newly elected MLAs in Himachal Pradesh 2012 Assembly Elections.
The maximum limit put on these Election Expenses for the Gujarat 2012 Assembly Elections by the Election Commission of India is 16 Lakh Rupees, and for Himachal Pradesh this limit is 11 Lakh Rupees.

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HP-Congress tops list of criminal candidates

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In Himachal Pradesh, the Indian National Congress tops the list of most number of criminal candidates who will contest the forthcoming assembly elections. A report prepared by the Himachal Pradesh Election Watch in association with the Association for Democratic Reforms would show that out of the 445 candidates 65 have criminal cases pending against them.
Out of these 445 candidates analyzed for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections, 69 candidates or 16 % declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections for the whole of Himachal Pradesh, 18% candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves. Continue reading

Himachal Pradesh crorepati jump- 16 to 33 percent

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The number of crorepati candidates in Himachal Pradesh has risen since 2007. In the year 2007 the number of such candidates were at 16 per cent and this year it has shot up to 33 per cent a report just released by the Association for Democratic Reforms and the Himchal Pradesh Election Watch states.

The affidavits of 445 candidates have been analysed out of which146 candidates i.e. 33% are crorepatis. In 2007, there were 16% crorepati candidates.

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Politcal Donors in Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP leads the table with Rs 82,000.50 lakhs collected from donations over a period of 7 years, between 2004-05 and 2010-11, followed by the Indian national Congress with Rs 27,250.48 lakhs collected from donations during the same period.

The data analysis done by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that the BSP has declared a total income from donations to be Rs 30,731 lakhs (data for 2006-07 is awaited), followed by CPM (Rs 17,546.15 lakhs) and CPI (Rs 548.96 lakhs) between 2004-05 and 2010-11.

BJP has declared that 82.43% of its income has come from donations received between 2004-05 and 2010-11 while INC has only 13.57% of its total income derived from donations between the same period. 54.40% of total income of CPI; 42.05% of total income of CPM and 28.93% of total income of BSP have come from donations to their parties. The National Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has declared that it has not received any donation above Rs 20,000 from a single donor in 7 years between 2004-05 and 2010-11. It should be noted that the total donations of Rs 30,731 lakhs was declared by the party in its Income Tax Returns statement. Continue reading