Rampur, May 17: A case has been registered against former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his son, Vikramaditya Singh, for allegedly breaking into a Padam Palace at Rampur. The palace is a historical structure which belongs to a relative of the former chief minister. Singh and his son trespassed into the palace over a family dispute.
Former public works department engineer-in-chief Swami Prakash Negi, was also booked for allegedly helping the duo. Virbhadra’s nephew and property owner Rajeshwar filed a complaint against the former chief minister and his son. Property caretaker Mast Ram had also filed a complaint on May 9 which he later withdrew.
Hindustan Times quoted a police officer as saying, “A case was registered against Virbhadra Singh and others under Section 448 (punishment for house trespass) of the Indian Penal Code.” According to the complaint filed by Rajeshwar, Virbhadra ordered his men to break open the locks of the Padam Palace. The complaint also alleged the former chief minister of throwing out the artefacts and other valuables kept inside.
Hindustan Times reported that Ram accused former chief minister and the others of forcing their way into the palace on May 9. He also alleged that the trespassers ransacked the palace. He also claimed that a sum of Rs 30,000 had gone missing from a room in the quarrel. Ram has been working for Rajeshwar for the last 25 years.