The second son, courting his own controversies with assets and sports


Abhay Chautala, the former chief minister's younger son, too faces a corruption case, apart from having been booked for criminal conspiracy in a murder case, from which he was later discharged. Lately, it was because of Abhay Chautala's selection as Indian Boxing Federation chairman that Indian boxers were banned from international events. His appointment as Indian Olympic Association president too has failed to win recognition.

Abhay, an INLD MLA from Ellanabad, is named in a disproportionate assets case with his father and brother Ajay. The CBI chargesheet of February 2, 2010, accuses Abhay of having amassed Rs 8 crore, apart from Rs 125 crore allegedly amassed in the name of the Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Trust and other societies.

Abhay Chautala's first wife died in the 1980s in circumstances still unclear. Reports suggested she had received a gunshot injury; the Chautala family claimed it was an "accidental death". Abhay later married her sister.

In 2006, he was booked for conspiracy in the murder of Youth Congress leader Chand Singh Brar at Dabwali. After investigations, police cleared him while charging the other accused.

Abhay has no sports background and an average academic one, but has held several key berths in sports federations and bodies to recruit sportspersons. His election as IOA president last year came after strong contender Randhir Singh withdrew days before the elections. Randhir Singh, who has been a six-time Olympic trap-shooter and an Asian Games gold medallist, has been IOA secretary general for 24 years.

The International Olympic Committee refused to recognise Chautala's election on the ground that it had not been not held under IOC rules. Abhay was dealt another blow when the international body AIBA banned Indian boxers because of alleged irregularities in its election in September, which had made Abhay chairman.

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