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“Congress misusing CBI to portray me as criminal”

Ashok Kumar
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Om Prakash Chautala addressing media at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on Friday.- PTI
Om Prakash Chautala addressing media at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on Friday.- PTI

Out on six weeks’ interim bail in the JBT recruitment case, Indian National Lok Dal supremo and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on Friday said the Congress Party was wary of his growing popularity and was misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to portray him as a criminal and win over the masses.

Speaking to the media persons for the first time since his arrest earlier this year, Mr. Chautala, who is at present admitted at Medanta Medicity Hospital here for a heart surgery, said the Congress was misusing CBI to silence the Opposition and even the Supreme Court had remarked that the agency was a caged parrot.

He said he had full faith in the Indian judicial system and would come clean in all cases pending against him.

“Hooda acting as a real estate agent”

Accusing Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of acting as a real estate agent on behalf of the builders, Mr. Chautala promised to return to the farmers their land if voted to power.

Clearing the air on attachment of his Gurgaon flat by the Enforcement Directorate in the disproportionate assets case, Mr. Chautala said that it was routine process followed after registration of a case so that the accused could not sell their property.

He said the CBI in its chargesheet had accused him of disproportionate assets worth over Rs.6 crore, but it was because of wrong assessment of his property based on market value and the matter would be dealt with in court.


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