ED attaches Chautala’s residence,launches money laundering probe

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday attached a residential property of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala under the criminal provisions of money laundering laws.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 14, 2014 11:56 am

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday attached a residential property of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala under the criminal provisions of money laundering laws.

This is the first attachment order by the agency against the five-time chief minister,who was recently convicted in a teachers recruitment scam. The agency is now preparing to attach assets acquired by him “illegally and beyond his known source of income” with an estimated value of over Rs 6 crore.

The first attachment order was issued by the agency against him for a flat in Gurgaon. According to ED,the house is in the “exclusive” name of Chautala with a total value of Rs 46,96,000. The flat is located in Sector 28 of Tech-city under Haryana Jan Pratinidhi Cooperative Group Housing Society scheme.

The agency is probing Chautala and his associates under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after it registered a case in this regard based on a CBI charge sheet filed in the same case.

The ED’s attachment order can be challenged at the PMLA Adjudicating Authority here within 180 days of issue.

Chautala,the chief of Indian National Lok Dal is currently on interim bail for medical treatment after he was sentenced by a Delhi court in the 2000 Junior Basic Trained (JBT) Teachers recruitment scam.

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