Enforcement Directorate on Thursday attached a residential property of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala under the criminal provisions of money laundering laws. He was recently convicted in a teachers’ recruitment scam and sentenced to 10 years’ jail.

This is the first attachment order by the agency against the five-time Chief Minister. It is preparing to attach more 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 is for a flat in Gurgaon on Delhi’s outskirts and, according to ED, the house is in the “exclusive” name of Mr. 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 the politician 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 attachment order can be challenged at the PMLA Adjudicating Authority here within 180 days of issue. The former Chief Minister, who is also the chief of Indian National Lok Dal, is on interim bail for medical treatment.

Apart from Chautala and his son, 53 others were convicted in the case of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers.

All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under the IPC and for abusing their official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act. -- PTI

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