Siddharth Mehta: The day didn’t begin pleasantly for the INLD patriarch OP Chautala and his son the solitary MLA Abhay Singh Chautala as, under the case of the disproportionate asset (DA), the enforcement directorate(ED) raided their Teja Kheda farmhouse on Wednesday and later attached it. Similarly, the house of OP Chautala in Panchkula Mansa Devi complex Sector 4 was also raided and attached.
Teja Kheda had been famous as the power center of the INLD, losing it on corruption charges is a major hit to the party which is battling for political pertinence in Haryana after the party split in 2018, with Ajay Singh Chautala forming Jannayak Janta Party(JJP).
JJP is now a ruling partner with the BJP in Haryana with Ajay’s son Dushyant Chautala as the Deputy Chief Minister. However, Abhay Singh Chautala manages INLD and OP Chautala is on his side.
This case of DA against the Chautala family is running since 2006 and early this year in May, the ED has asked for details from Ajay and Abhay for their properties in Dabwali and Sirsa. The revenue department of Haryana was also summoned at the same time to provide the details for the properties of the Chautala family in Dabwali and Sirsa. (Ironically, the revenue department now is under the direct control of Deputy CM, Dushyant Chautala- Son of Ajay Chautala)
As per reports, ED had asked for details of the properties in Dabwali and Sirsa;
- A plot measuring 14 Kanal on Dabwali-Chautala Marg,
- Shivaji Colony commercial building measuring 590 square yards,
- Karan Automobiles,
- Land in Village Shergarh,
- DPRD bank commercial building,
- Land in Village Chautala,
- Land in Village Aboobshehar,
- Farm House in Village Teja Kheda,
- New Mandi Dabwali Plot measuring 750 square yards,
- Land in Village Teja Kheda
Although two of the properties attached today are owned by former Chief Minister OP Chautala but otherwise, the particular ownership of properties owned by the Ajay and Abhay’s family isn’t clear. So to label the administration action as pro-JJP and anti-INLD won’t be conceivable, for now. But in the future, we might see if any immunity is extended to JJP’s Ajay Chautala by the government agencies.
However, most of the family’s financials are controlled through the Ch. Devi Lal Memorial Trust.
The Haryana Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala had filed a complaint (2006) against the Former Chief Minister OP Chautala his sons Ajay and Abhay on the allegations of amassing wealth through illegal means, when in power. CBI had then registered three separate disproportionate assets cases against Chautala and his two sons Ajay and Abhay, on a complaint by S.S Surjewala.
CBI had on 26 March 2010 filed charge sheet against Chautala indicting him for allegedly possessing assets worth 6.09 crores, far exceeding his legal income between 1993 and 2006.
In its charge sheet, the agency had alleged that Chautala’s wealth was 189 percent more than his income of 3.22 crores during that period.