Explained: The assets case that led to Om Prakash Chautala’s conviction

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Indian National Lok Dal’s supremo and Haryana’s four-time chief minister Om Prakash Chautala was pronounced guilty by a Delhi court, Saturday, in over a decade old disproportionate assets case. The quantum of punishment shall be awarded on May 26. VARINDER BHATIA explains what was the case all about and what took it so long for the court to pronounce the verdict.

Who is Om Prakash Chautala?

Chautala had been a seven time MLA in Haryana served as chief minister four times including first time from July 24, 1999 – March 5, 2005; from March 22, 1991 to April 6, 1991; from July 12, 1990 to July 17, 1990; December 2, 1989 to May 22, 1990.

What happened in the court?

The Rouse Avenue court at New Delhi, pronounced the verdict holding Om Prakash Chautala guilty of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Since March 26, 2010 when CBI had filed the chargesheet in the case and the trial commenced against Chautala, several…

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