Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala was ordered to be put on trial by a Delhi court on Wednesday, for possessing wealth exceeding his legal income. Special CBI judge PS Teji ordered Chautala’s formal trial, framing charges against him under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The court had reserved its order on framing of charges against 75-year-old Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader on July 27, observing that despite having been given the “last opportunity” to complete his arguments, his counsel did not do it.
The CBI had on March 26 last year filed a charge sheet against Chautala, indicting him for allegedly possessing assets worth Rs 6.09 crore, far exceeding the known sources of his income between 1993 and 2006.
Meanwhile, after hearing arguments from the counsel of Chautala and CBI, the court also reserved its order for August 5 on Chautala’s plea seeking permission to go abroad. The CBI prosecutor AK Dutta vehemently opposed his plea to go abroad from August 8 to August 30. The CBI, in its charge sheet, has said that Chautala’s wealth is 189% more than his income of R3.22 crore during the period.