The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached a flat in Gurgaon belonging to former Haryana CM OP Chautala under money laundering laws even as it prepares to attach more assets acquired by him "illegally and beyond his known source of income" with an estimated value of about Rs 7 crore.
Recently convicted in the Junior Basic Trained (JBT) Teachers recruitment scam in 2000, this is the first attachment order by ED against the five-time CM.
The flat located in Sector 28 of Tech-city under Haryana Jan Pratinidhi Cooperative Group Housing Society scheme, is estimated to be worth about Rs 47 lakh.
The agency is probing the politician and his associates under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after it registered a case in this regard based on a CBI charge sheet filed in the same case.
The ED's attachment order can be challenged at the PMLA Adjudicating Authority here within 180 days of issue.
Chautala, 78, chief of the Indian National Lok Dal, is out on interim bail for medical treatment.
On January 22, the trial court had convicted and sentenced Chautala and nine others, including his son Ajay Chautala, to 10 years' jail term for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers.
Among other convicts, 44 have been sentenced to four years in jail and one was sentenced to a five-year jail term.
All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under the IPC and for abusing their official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act.