After weeks of campaigning for his party for the assembly election in Haryana, INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala, presently on bail after being convicted in teachers’ recruitment scam, will have to take a break from his busy schedule.
The Delhi high court on Thursday directed the former Haryana chief minister to appear before it on Friday after the CBI complained that he was violating bail conditions by actively campaigning for last two weeks.
The HC, which had granted him bail on medical grounds, had last month cancelled his bail and directed him to surrender by October 17. But the CBI requested the court to ask him to surrender immediately.
The agency sources said a special CBI court here has also summoned the 75-year-old leader on Friday in a disproportionate assets case. CBI had on March 26 filed a chargesheet against Chautala for allegedly possessing assets worth Rs 6 crore disproportionate to known sources of his income between 1993 and 2006.
During the hearing in the HC, the agency complained that Chautala had been campaigning in different parts of the state for the past two weeks despite being granted interim bail only for his medical treatments.
The HC, however, decided to give the five-time CM a chance to defend his case against the allegations leveled by the CBI by personally appearing before the court.
It also expressed strong displeasure at the CBI for failing to notify the court about the alleged rallies conducted by Chautala for the October 15 assembly elections.
“You can’t possibly say that CBI was unaware of his movements. You (CBI) could have informed us. The court would have taken immediate action,” justice Siddharth Mridul remarked.