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DA case: production warrant against Chautala

india Updated: Feb 14, 2013 00:54 IST
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A Delhi court on Wednesday sought the presence of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala in a disproportinate assets 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 Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief was not brought to the court from jail, where he is lodged following his sentence of 10-year imprisonment in another corruption case.

"Let production warrant be issued in favour of superintendent, Jail No 4 (where Chautala is lodged), Tihar, directing "production" of accused OP Chautala for March 2," the court said.

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 of allegedly possessing assets worth Rs 6.09 crore, far exceeding his legal income between 1993 and 2006.

Two such separate cases are also on against his sons Ajay and Abhay Chautala.

Chautala and Ajay were sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by a Delhi court on January 22 for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in the state in 2000.

The CBI had registered three separate disproportionate assets cases against Chautalas on a complaint 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 the CBI's plea that all cases be transferred before a single judge as their trials in three different courts would lead to inordinate delay in concluding them.