Virbhadra Singh sworn in Himachal Pradesh CM
An old war horse, who could not be put down by allegations of corruption or infighting in the Congress, Virbhadra Singh steered the party back to power in Himachal Pradesh with a spirited campaign this time.
The seventy-eight-year-old veteran became Chief Minister of the state for the sixth time, setting a record. In a major relief to him, a court here on Monday acquitted him of charges of corruption and conspiracy in the much-publicised audio CD case.
"No case is made out as not even a single witness supported the prosecution evidence," special judge B L Soni said pronouncing the judgement in an open court absolving the Congress leader in a matter relating to his tenure as chief minister in 1989 after a trial that started in September this year.
In his five-decade long political innings, he has been a seven-time MLA, a five-time MP and five-time chief minister. He has also been a four-time president of the state Congress and represents the mandi seat in the present Lok Sabha.
Singh was the chief minister between 1983 and 85; 1985 and 1990; 1993 and 1998 and 2003 and 2007.
- Asian Tribune -