- The lower court had sentenced 4 years imprisonment
- ‘Chautala must have spent a year and a half in custody’
- ‘Necessary to pay fine of Rs 50 lakh’
Om Prakash Chautala: The Delhi High Court has suspended the prison term of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in the disproportionate assets case. The lower court had sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment in this case. While granting bail to the 88-year-old leader, Justice Yogesh Khanna today said suspension of sentence is possible only after payment of fine of Rs 50 lakh imposed by the trial court, surety bond of Rs 5 lakh and surety of the same amount.
Spent one-and-a-half year in custody and appeal may take time: Court
The court said that Chautala must have spent one-and-a-half years in custody and appeal may take time. “The sentence of the appellant (Chautala) is pending pending the pendency of the present appeal, but he is required to pay the fine of Rs 50 lakh imposed by the trial court,” the court said in the order issued on Wednesday. A surety bond of Rs.5 lakh and surety of the same amount is required to be furnished as desired by the trial court. The appellant shall not go abroad without the permission of the trial court.”
‘Never released from prison because of sentence in another case’
In this order, the court also said that though Chautala has got bail in this case and has also furnished a bailable bond, he is still in custody and he was never released from jail because of the sentence given in other case. Gone. On May 27, the trial court had sentenced Chautala to four years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh for acquiring assets disproportionate to his known source of income between 1993-2006.
The court had reserved its order on the request to suspend the sentence.
The High Court had earlier this week reserved its order on Chautala’s request to suspend the sentence. The CBI had registered a case against him in 2005 accusing him of accumulating assets disproportionate to his legitimate source of income during 1993-2006 and filed a chargesheet on March 26, 2010.
According to the CBI FIR, during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Haryana from July 24, 1999 to March 5, 2005, Chautala, in connivance with his family members and others, had acquired movable and immovable properties which belonged to him and his family members. was more than a known legitimate source of income.
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