Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala’s property in Delhi was attached under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA)
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate(ED) on Friday attached property of ex-Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).
Chautala's one immovable property, consisting of land and a farmhouse worth Rs 1,94,52,347 located in New Delhi, has been attached in a corruption Case.
"The case was initiated on the basis of an FIR registered by CBI against Om Prakash Chautala & others for the acquisition of assets disproportionate to their known source of income. CBI has filed charge sheet against Om Prakash Chautala, Abhay Chautala and Ajay Chautala (Om Prakash’s sons) under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988," the ED said.
Earlier, a CBI investigation revealed that Om Prakash had acquired assets disproportionate to his known source of income to the tune of Rs 6,09,79,026 during the check period from 24.05.1993 to 31.05.2006. The investigation also revealed that his sons had also acquired assets disproportionate to their known source of income to the tune of Rs119, 69,82,619 and Rs 27,74,74,260 respectively.
"During the course of an investigation under PMLA, it is revealed that Om Prakash Chautala had acquired Immovable Properties at New Delhi, Panchkula and also constructed a residential house at Sirsa (Haryana) during the check period from the money received from undisclosed sources. It is also revealed that Om Prakash Chautala was directly involved in the acquisition and projecting various tainted properties as his untainted properties. He had disclosed properties so acquired in the affidavit filed before returning officer in Haryana Vidhan Sabha Election 2005 and 2009 thereby projecting publicly the tainted properties as untainted," the ED added.
According to the investigators, earlier, in this case, the ED had attached properties of Om Prakash to the tune of Rs 46,96,000, which got confirmed by the Adjudicating Authority under PMLA. Further, properties of Om Prakash to the tune of Rs 3.68 crore were also attached in April 2019. "Prosecution Complaint against Om Prakash Chautala was also filed before Hon’ble Special Court on 17.07.2018 and cognizance of which was taken by the special court on 27.11.2018. Later a Supplementary Prosecution Complaint was also filed before Hon’ble Special Court on 25.04.2019. With this attachment, ED has attached the property of OP Chautala to the extent of the entire Proceeds of Crime generated through the alleged acquisition of Disproportionate Assets amounting to ₹6 crores (approx.)," the ED said.
Further probe is underway.
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Last Updated May 17, 2019, 2:40 PM IST