Shimla, Dec 24

Less than 24 hours before taking oath as chief minister of Himachal Pradesh for the sixth time, Congress leader Virbhadra Singh was Monday acquitted in a corruption case.

The court of Special Judge B.L. Soni, after recording the evidence of 39 witnesses, acquitted Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh for lack of evidence.

The defence counsel told reporters that not even a single witness supported the prosecution evidence.

The couple was booked by the state police Aug 3, 2009, under the Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged misuse of official position and criminal misconduct when Singh was chief minister in 1989.

According to police, the couple was booked on the basis of a CD released in 2007.


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