ED attaches properties worth Rs 1.9 crore of Om Prakash Chautala
Just before the last phase of the Lok Sabha election 2019, the Enforcement Directorate(ED) has attached a Rs 1.94 crore property of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in connection with disproportionate asset case. According to the ED, one immovable property which consists of land and farmhouse located in New Delhi has been attached.
According to the probe agency, the property, comprising land and a farmhouse, has been attached under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. The ED earlier attached properties worth Rs 4.15 crore of Om Prakash Chautala.
The case was initiated by the ED on the basis of an FIR registered by CBI against Om Prakash Chautala and others for the acquisition of assets disproportionate to their known source of income. CBI has filed charge sheet against Om Prakash Chautala, Abhay Chautala and Ajay Chautala under Prevention of Corruption Act.
An investigation conducted by CBI had revealed that Om Prakash Chautala had acquired assets disproportionate to his known source of income to the tune of Rs 60,979,026 during the check period from May 24, 1993, to May 31, 2006.
An investigation also revealed that Abhay Singh Chautala and Ajay Singh Chautala had also acquired assets disproportionate to their known source of income to the tune of Rs 119.69 crore and Rs 27.74 crore respectively.
During the course of the investigation, according to ED, it was revealed that Om Prakash Chautala had acquired Immovable Properties at New Delhi, Panchkula and also constructed a residential house at Sirsa (Haryana) during the check period from the money received from undisclosed sources.
"It is also revealed that Om Prakash Chautala was directly involved in the acquisition and projecting various tainted properties as his untainted properties.
He had disclosed properties he acquired in the affidavit filed before returning officer in Haryana Vidhan Sabha Election 2005 and 2009 thereby projecting publicly the tainted properties as untainted," the ED stated.
Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had attached properties of Om Prakash Chautala to the tune of Rs 4,696,000 which got confirmed by Adjudicating Authority under PMLA.
The chargesheet by the ED in the case against Om Prakash Chautala was also filed before the designated court on July 17, 2018, and cognizance of which was taken by the court on November 27, 2018.