Delhi HC notice to CBI on Chautala brothers` petition
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Last Updated: Monday, March 22, 2010, 18:10
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from the CBI on a petition filed by INLD MLAs Ajay and Abhay Chautala challenging a trial court's order taking cognisance of charges against them in a disproportionate assets case.

Justice Sunil K Gaur, however, refused to stay the proceedings on arguments on the charges against the brothers, who are sons of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, but directed the trial court not to pronounce the final order till further direction.

The court asked the CBI to submit its response by May 31.

"Let the proceedings go on but final order will not be pronounced by the trial court till the next date of hearing.....," the court said.

The court order came on the petition filed by Chautala brothers, who represent Indian National Lok Dal in Haryana Assembly, challenging the February two order of the trial court which took cognisance of charges against them in a disproportionate assets case.

They have challenged the order on the ground that the agency has failed to obtain the mandatory sanction before prosecuting them and sought a stay on the court proceedings.

Their counsel contended that his clients were MLAs when the offence was allegedly committed and are still legislators.

According to law, the investigating agency was required to obtain sanction from the government before prosecuting them, he argued.

The CBI had on December 24 last year filed a chargesheet against the Chautala brothers for having assets more than their known sources of income.

The investigating agency's FIR listed the moveable and immoveable properties belonging to Chautala or his family members that had been acquired between July 1999 and March 2005 when they were public servants.

CBI had conducted a market survey and claimed in its FIR filed in April last year that the total value of all the properties was Rs 1,467 crore.

According to the chargesheet against Ajay, CBI claimed that he was in possession of assets to the tune of Rs 27.74 crore --339 per cent more than his income of Rs 8.17 crore during the period of 1993 to 2006.

The second chargesheet was filed against Abhay alleging his assets were 522 per cent more than his income of Rs 22.89 crore as per Income Tax records during the period of 2000 to 2005. The agency claimed to have found Rs 119.69 crore worth of assets.


First Published: Monday, March 22, 2010, 18:10

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