The court has granted 10 days to Singh to submit his response. The petition says that Singh was in debt after he lost the election in 1998.
He went on to be the chief ministerfor three terms — from 2003-2018. The petition, filed by counsel Harshwardhan Parganiha for Vinod Tiwari, claims that Singh furnished information about assets such as gold, land and cash in his affidavit but did not disclose the source of income. The petitioner has alleged in court that Singh’s rise in income was disproportionate to his known sources of income.The petitioner has prayed for an independent inquiry by CBI, ED and an “independent assessment” of the declaration given by Singh in his affidavits submitted for elections.
The petitioner says he was forced to move court because the authorities took no action on his complaints on the same issue.
After hearing the parties at length, the petition was admitted and formal notices were issued to the parties seeking their reply on affidavit. On the last date of hearing, the petitioner’s counsel argued that the CBI’s reply says the complaint has been forwarded to EOW-Raipur for appropriate action.
So, the petitioner moved an application to implead EOW as a respondent and seek their response on action taken on the complaint. Raman Singh’s counsel sought 10 days’ time, which the court granted and set the next hearing for November 16.