Former Haryana CM Chautala awarded 4-year imprisonment, 50 lakh fine in disproportionate assets case

New Delhi: 

A Delhi court has announced the verdict against former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in a disproportionate assets case. The court has sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment and has imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakhs.

While delivering the verdict, the court also ordered to attach his properties at Hailey Road, Panchkula, Gurugram and Asola.

Earlier, Special Judge Vikas Dhul heard the arguments of CBI lawyers and Om Prakash Chautala, who was convicted for acquiring disproportionate assets from 1993 to 2006.

Om Prakash Chautala urged the court to give him minimum punishment citing medical ailments and old age. Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) demanded maximum punishment for the guilty, saying it would send a message to the society.

The CBI further said that Om Prakash Chautala does not have a clean history, as this was the second case in which he has been convicted.

The court last week convicted Om Prakash Chautala and held that the accused has failed to satisfactorily account for such disparity by proving his source of income or the means of acquiring assets during the period.

The case was registered by the CBI in 2005, and a chargesheet was filed on March 26, 2010, alleging that assets disproportionate to his legitimate income were acquired between 1993 and 2006.

According to the CBI FIR, Om Prakash Chautala, while serving as the Chief Minister of Haryana during the period from July 24, 1999 to March 5, 2005, in connivance with his family members and others, in the name of his family members But, acquired immovable and movable property in excess of his known legitimate sources of income.

The disproportionate assets were calculated to be ` 6.09 crore, which is 189.11 per cent of their known sources of income.


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