Under pressure from BJP, the Income Tax department has issued a notice to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and decided to re-examine his income tax returns for the financial year 2010-11.
Virbhadra Singh had filed revised income-tax returns for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, which show a huge increase in his agricultural income from lakhs to crores in 2012. BJP raised doubts over the huge increase in the income from apple orchards and demanded inquiry into it.
The revised return was challenged through a Public Interest Litigation or PIL filed in the Delhi High Court. Acting on the PIL, the Delhi High Court issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI to look into the matter.
Virbhadra Singh has rejected the charges of opposition and termed the allegations politically motivated. He has asked opposition to approach Lokayukta probe into his income.
BJP has also accused Virbhadra Singh and his wife to hide information in their election affidavits and acting on the application moved by Anurag Thakur, Hamirpur MP and BJYM national president, Election Commission of India has directed the Himachal Pradesh election commission to submit report regarding the declarations of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his parliamentarian wife Pratibha Singh in their election affidavits.