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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh
The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday arrested LIC Agent Anand Chauhan in connection with the money laundering case against Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh.

The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday arrested LIC Agent Anand Chauhan in connection with the money laundering case against Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh.

In November 2015, the ED registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at its New Delhi office against Singh and his family members, including his wife Pratibha.

The ED’s case is primarily an offshoot of a case registered by the CBI on September 23 in New Delhi alleging that Singh tried to legitimise an unaccounted income of Rs 6.03 crore by revising his income tax returns for three years – 2009 to 2012 – and also invested more than Rs 5 crore in LIC policies through Anand Chauhan, a local LIC agent, who had also signed an MoU with the CM to manage his orchard.

The period of the probe, the official said, primarily covers Virbhadra Singh’s term as Union Minister for Steel and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) between 2009 and 2012.

(With PTI Inputs)