Chautala`s plea in assets case dismissed
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 12:30
New Delhi: A Delhi court has dismissed former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's plea to direct CBI to submit before it some additional documents relating to a disproportionate assets case against him.

Special CBI judge PS Teji dismissed 75-year-old Chautala's plea after accepting the CBI contention that the same has been made to delay the trial of the case.

The judge noted that already 18 hearings have taken place and three more are prayed for by Chautala to press for the plea while the court is still hearing the arguments on issue of framing of charges against him to begin the trial.

The court also pointed out that the CBI has not drawn any adverse inference against Chautala from those documents and so they are not relevant to the case.

"Now at the fag end of arguments on charges, the plea has been filed. The admitted position is that the documents are already within the knowledge of the accused (Chautala) and the CBI has not taken any adverse inference from the documents sought to be called from CBI," the special judge said.

The five-time chief minister and a sitting MLA from Uchana in Jind district had said that CBI seized various documents during investigation, but, some of which were "essential to unfold the truth", have not been submitted to the court.

Chautala had sought court's directions to CBI to place on record the documents, which included some balance sheets and bank account papers allegedly relating to his companies.

CBI had vehemently opposed the plea saying the same "has been filed just to delay the proceedings".

It further said all documents which have been relied upon while alleging charges against Chautala have been placed on record.

Accepting CBI's arguments, the court dismissed Chautala's plea. "In the facts and circumstances mentioned above, I am of the considered opinion that the application filed by the Chautala does not deserve to be accepted. The same is dismissed. The case is fixed for further arguments on charge," the judge said.

The CBI had on March 26 last year issued charge sheet against Chautala, indicting him for allegedly possessing assets worth Rs 6.09 crore, far exceeding his known sources of income between 1993 and 2006.

It is roughly 189 per cent of his income of Rs 3.22 crore during the period, the CBI said in its charge sheet.

Chautala had last held the post of state's chief minister between July 1999 to March 2005.

CBI had registered the case against Chautalas in April 2006 and had searched their 24 premises in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Chandigarh during which it had seized Rs 13 lakh in cash besides freezing five bank accounts having Rs 1.34 crore.

The probe agency had earlier filed the charge sheets against Chautala's two sons, Ajay and Abhay, both Haryana MLAs, on grounds of possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.


First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 12:30

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