Ruling out that his conviction by a Delhi court would have any bearing on the party's leadership, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Saturday asserted that former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala would continue as its chief and lead the party in the 2014 elections.

Even as he refuted various reports in the media, president of the party's Haryana unit Ashok Arora said that in an eventuality of a re-election being ordered, both Mr Chautala and his son, Ajay Singh Chautala, would be fielded to defend their respective seats.

A Delhi court, while disposing of a CBI case, had convicted the Chautala duo along with 53 others in the case related to irregularities in the recruitment of about 3,000 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers.

He said the party would challenge the Delhi court's verdict after it pronounced the quantum of punishment on January 22. He claimed that even in the present judgment, the allegations of corruption were not established by the CBI.

Mr Arora, who is sitting MLA as well, said that conviction of Mr Chautala was a direct example of the Congress misusing CBI to remove its political opponents. He went on to cite the example of Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh, where the CBI was misused by the Congress against its political opponents.

The INLD leader said the same Congress chose a different yard stick to deal with the findings of the committee of three officers, as well as official observations by senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka in the case of irregularities of land dealing by Robert Vadra, son in law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. He said the Congress was also inert on various proceedings by the CBI against many Haryana Ministers who faced serious corruption charges.

‘Om Prakash Chautala will lead the party in the 2014 elections’

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