A day after the Enforcement Directorate attached his residential property under the criminal provisions of money laundering laws,INLD supremo and former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala Friday termed the CBI and other investigating agencies as puppets in the hands of Congress government.
The Congress leaders are blatantly misusing the investigating agencies. Even the Supreme Court recently called CBI the Congresss parrot,Chautala said talking to reporters at Medanta hospital in Gurgaon where he will be undergoing a pacemaker implant surgery.
He said Congress leaders were indulging in a disinformation campaign against him.
In 2006,CBI had registered a disproportionate assets case against me after the Congress had alleged that I own property worth Rs 1,467 crore. However,after investigations,CBI submitted a chargesheet in the court and mentioned the worth of my properties at Rs 7.43 crore. CBI had alleged that of this,Rs. 6.09 crore was disproportionate to my known sources of income. The calculation is wrong as CBI had come to this conclusion on the basis of market value of such properties. The matter is still pending with Delhi CBI and we will be putting across our point in the court, Chautala said.
Talking about the attachment of his property,he said,There is no property in my name except a flat in Gurgaon,which I bought when I was chief minister of Haryana from 1999 to 2005. The payment for Gurgaon flat was done from my bank accounts and I even showed it in my income tax returns.
He said that property attachment is a routine exercise done by the ED so that the person facing charges can not sell the property during the pendency of trial.
On speculations that INLD may ally with the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha and Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections,Chautala said,INLD has always been against Congress and is open to alliance with any political party,which is against Congress. Chautala said he has close friends in BJP including Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and in politics nothing can be ruled out.
Presently,BJP has an alliance with Haryana Janhit Congress led by Kuldeep Bishnoi in Haryana.
Taking a swipe at the Chief Minister,Chautala said Hooda was an expert in spreading rumours using media for political and personal gains.
He said that recently,state government run public relation department issued a press note claiming that Hooda has visited Chautala at Medanta and enquired about his health.
But it was not true,Hooda had not come to meet me at the hospital, he claimed.
He alleged that Hooda and his associates had taken commission for setting up thermal power projects,worth Rs 30,000,across the state.
INLD to support third front in next LS elections: Chautala
Gurgaon: INLD supremo and former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala Friday said his party will back the formation of a third front in the next Lok Sabha polls. INLD will support the formation of third front in next general elections whenever they are held, he told reporters at Medanta hospital in Gurgaon. Chautala attacked the Congress for ruining the country and said it would be a disaster for people if the party returned to power for third consecutive time. PTI