NEW DELHI: A local court on Saturday convicted former Haryana chief minister and INLD patriarch Om Prakash Chautala (87) in a disproportionate assets case. The Rouse Avenue court in New Delhi held Chautala guilty in a case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Special judge Vikas Dhull passed the order and posted the matter for May 26, when the court will hear the arguments on the quantum of punishment. On May 19, the court had reserved its verdict in the case. In January 2021, the court framed money laundering charges against Chautala in the disproportionate assets case.
The CBI had registered the case in 2005 and it filed the chargesheet on March 26, 2010 accusing Chautala of amassing assets worth Rs 6.09 crore disproportionate to his legitimate income between 1993 and 2006. The case was filed on a complaint by Haryana Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala.
In May 2019, the Enforcement Directorate attached over Rs 3.6 crore worth of properties of Chautala located in New Delhi, Panchkula, and Sirsa. Chautala was released from Tihar Jail on July 2 last year after completing the 10-year sentence in the teacher recruitment scam.
He and 53 others were charged in the appointment of 3,206 junior basic teachers in Haryana in June 2008. The 87-year-old five-time chief minister is the supremo of Indian National Lok Dal and son of late deputy prime minister Chaudhary Devi Lal.