Delhi HC to hear next year Chautala`s plea

The CBI had last year filed the chargesheet against Chautala indicting him for allegedly possessing assets worth Rs 6.09 crore.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday slated January 11 next year to hear former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala`s plea for quashing First Information Report
registered against him allegedly for owning assets exceeding his legal income.

Justice Ajit Bharihoke decided to hear Chautala`s plea while refusing to stop proceedings in a Special CBI court here, which framed charges against him last month.

"It is clarified that the pendency of this petition will not come in the way of trial court to proceed with the trial," he said while slating the plea for hearing from January 11, 2012.

The court decided to hear Chautala`s plea, albeit next year, ignoring CBI counsel Dayan Krishnan`s objection against the court entertaining it.

Krishnan sought dismissal of Chautala`s plea saying the trial court has already framed charges against him last month and he should rather file a fresh plea challenging the court`s
order on framing of charges than seeking quashing of the FIR.

Chautala`s counsel senior advocate UU Lalit could not appear in the court, while his proxy counsel sought more time to file the rejoinder in the case.

The high court earlier on May 5 had issued notice to the
CBI on Chautala`s plea seeking quashing of the corruption case
lodged against him.

75-year-old Chautala, a five-time state chief minister and sitting MLA from Uchana in Jind district, had sought quashing of the FIR, charge sheet and subsequent order of the
lower court taking cognizance of the matter on various grounds including that it was a "politically" motivated prosecution.

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

It was roughly 189 percent of his income of Rs 3.22 crore during the period, the agency had said.

Chronicling the events, the former CM, in his petition, alleged that an FIR was firstly lodged by his brother Pratap Singh, a Haryana police officer, in 1997 accusing him of amassing assets worth more than his known sources of income.

He pointed out that the police later, however, had filed a closure report in the case saying there was insufficient evidence against Chautala and the special court at Sirsa had
also allowed the probe report, the petition said.


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