Om Prakash Chautala convicted in 2005 mismatched assets case, sentenced

A Delhi court on Saturday convicted former Haryana chief minister and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo Om Prakash Chautala in a 2005 case involving disproportionate assets registered against him. The sentence will be announced on Thursday, the court said.

The CBI filed the case in 2005, and a chargesheet was filed on March 26, 2010, alleging that Chautala had assets worth Rs 6.09 crore between 1993 and 2006, which was much more disproportionate to his legal income.

The Chautala family, however, described the case as “political revenge”. In 2019, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has amassed assets worth Rs 3.68 crore, including its flats and plots in New Delhi, Panchkula and Sirsa under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

This is the second case in which Chautala has been convicted. In 2013, the Supreme Court convicted him in the JBT teacher recruitment scandal and sentenced him to seven years in prison on corruption charges and 10 years in prison on criminal conspiracy charges.

Chautala was released from Tihar Jail on July 2 last year after serving his sentence in the case. Since his release from prison, Chautala has been active and even started touring the rural areas of Haryana to revive the INLD.

Chautala has served as the Chief Minister of Haryana four times – from July 24, 1999 to March 5, 2005; March 22, 1991 to April 6, 1991; July 12, 1990 to July 17, 1990; And from December 2, 1989 to May 22, 1990.

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