Former Himachal CM Virbhadra, son booked for ‘trespassing’ into kin’s property

Shimla, May 17: Police have registered a case against former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his son, Vikramaditya Singh, for allegedly breaking into a historical structure belonging to a relative over a family dispute.
A few others, including former public works department engineer-in-chief Swami Prakash Negi, were also booked for allegedly helping the duo trespass into the Padam Palace at Rampur. The case was lodged on the basis of a complaint filed by Rajeshwar, property owner and nephew of Virbhadra.
Property caretaker Mast Ram had also filed a complaint on May 9, but it was subsequently withdrawn.
“A case was registered against Virbhadra Singh and others under Section 448 (punishment for house trespass) of the Indian Penal Code,” a police officer confirmed on the condition of anonymity.
The two-page complaint alleged that Virbhadra ordered his men to break open the locks of the Padam Palace and throw out the artefacts and other valuables kept inside. (Agencies)