Om Prakash Chautala, the former chief minister of Haryana and the leader of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), was found guilty of disproportionate assets by a Delhi court on Saturday. The court said the sentence amount would be decided on Thursday.
The Rouse Avenue court in Delhi delivered the decision. The case’s arguments from both sides ended on May 20. On Saturday, Chautala was also present at the court’s sessions.
On March 26, 2010, the central bureau of inquiry (CBI), which was investigating the matter, filed a chargesheet against Chautala. According to the agency, the seven-time MLA amassed assets worth over Rs 6.09 crore between 1993 and 2006, significantly beyond his known sources of income. The Chautala family referred to the case as a “political vendetta.”
Under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached his properties worth Rs 3.68 crore in 2019, including his flat and plots in New Delhi, Panchkula, and Sirsa (PMLA).
Om Prakash Chautala was convicted for the second time in 2013, when the Supreme Court found him guilty in the JBT teachers’ recruitment scam and sentenced him to seven years in prison on corruption charges and ten years on criminal conspiracy charges. After serving his sentence in the case, Chautala was released from Tihar jail on July 2 of last year. Chautala had been active since his release from prison, and had even begun travelling rural Haryana in an attempt to reinvigorate the INLD.
From July 24, 1999 to March 5, 2005, Chautala was the state’s chief minister four times: from March 22, 1991 to April 6, 1991, July 12, 1990 to July 17, 1990, and December 2, 1989 to May 22, 1990.