Disproportionate belongings case: Delhi HC suspends sentence of former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala | ANI Photograph

The Delhi Excessive Court docket on Wednesday suspended the sentence of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala until the pendency of the enchantment in a disproportionate belongings (DA) case. The 88-year-old was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment within the case by a trial courtroom.

The Delhi HC on Monday had reserved order on a plea by Chautala looking for suspension of his 4-year sentence.

On Could 27, 2022, the Rouse Avenue Court docket of Delhi had convicted Chautala and awarded a four-year jail time period. The courtroom additionally ordered to confiscate 4 properties of him and imposed a fantastic of Rs 50 lakh.

Throughout the argument earlier than Trial Court docket, OP Chautala’s lawyer, Advocate Harsh Sharma had cited medical grounds for much less punishment and submitted, “I (OP Chautala) have been contaminated with polio since start, and I’m partially disabled.”

CBI’s Particular Public Prosecutor Ajay Gupta had opposed the submissions of Chautala’s lawyer for a grant of concession on the bottom of ailing well being and age.

CBI had urged the courtroom for optimum punishment for Chautala shall be given as it could ship a message to society.

“The individual, on this case, is a public determine and giving minimal punishment would ship a unsuitable message. He isn’t having clear antecedents. It’s the second case through which he has been convicted,” CBI mentioned.

In response to the CBI, FIR accused Om Prakash Chautala, whereas functioning as Chief Minister of Haryana throughout the interval from July 24, 1999, to March 5, 2005, in collusion along with his relations and others, amassed belongings, immovable and movable, disproportionate to his identified lawful sources of earnings, in his identify, within the names of his relations and others to the extent of Rs.1,467 crores.

FIR additional said that the accused amassed huge wealth and invested the identical all through the nation within the form of 1000’s of acres of land, multi complexes, palatial residential homes, accommodations, farmhouses, enterprise companies, petrol pumps and different investments aside from investments in overseas nations.

FIR additionally said that 43 immovable properties in all, aside from money and jewelry have been amassed. Aside from 43 alleged properties listed within the FIR, extra properties have been additionally suspected to be of the accused household.

An investigation with regard to extra properties was additionally carried out for ascertaining the hyperlink of the accused household with the mentioned properties.

The cost sheet filed within the matter after the conclusion of the investigation said that accused OP Chautala had acquired belongings, each immovable and movable, which have been disproportionate to his identified supply of earnings.

The disproportionate belongings have been calculated to be Rs 6,09,79,026 (Rupees Six Crores 9 Lacs Seventy 9 Thousand and Twenty Six solely) and the proportion of DA (Disproportionate Belongings) was 189.11 per cent of his identified sources of earnings.

Accordingly, CBI had charge-sheeted the accused for the offence beneath Part 13(1)(e) learn with 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Aside from the cost sheet filed towards Chautala, the CBI had filed two extra cost sheets arising out of the current FIR, towards the sons of the accused i.e. Abhay Singh Chautala and Ajay Singh Chautala and others, that are being tried individually.

(With PTI inputs)

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