DA case: Production warrant against Chautala

A Delhi court on Wednesday sought the presence of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala in a disproportionate assets (DA) case, in which he is an accused.

Special CBI Judge Manu Rai Sethi issued the production warrant for Chautala for March 2, as the 78-year-old INLD chief was not brought to the court from jail, where he is lodged after he was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment in the JBT scam case.

The prosecution witnesses could not be examined on Wednesday, owing to Chautala's absence.

The CBI had on March 26, 2010 chargesheeted Chautala, indicting him for allegedly possessing assets worth Rs 6.09 crore, exceeding his legal income between 1993 and 2006. Two such cases have also been filed against his sons Ajay and Abhay Chautala.

In its chargesheet, the CBI had alleged that Chautala's wealth was 189 per cent more than his income of Rs 3.22 crore during the period.

The CBI had also said that Ajay was possessing assets exceeding his legal income by 339.27 per cent. His legal income between May 1993 and May 2006 was Rs 8.17 crore. However, he acquired assets worth Rs 27.7 crore, the CBI alleged.

The agency added that Abhay's owned assets were worth over five time his income of Rs 22.89 crore, as per the income tax records, during 2000-2005. The CBI claimed to have found assets worth Rs 119.69 crore.

The CBI had registered three disproportionate assets cases against the Chautalas on a complaint filed by Haryana Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala.

Earlier, all the three cases were being heard in different courts and were transferred to one court on CBI's plea that all cases be transferred before a single judge, as their trials in three different courts would lead to inordinate delay.

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