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Court allows CBI plea in Chautala case

New Delhi, Feb 9: A Delhi court on Thursday allowed a CBI application seeking permission to call additiol witnesses in a disproportiote assets case against former Harya Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Special Judge Sanjay Garg allowed the CBI plea to examine more witnesses in the case The CBI in its application said that it had obtained various bank statements and other records during its probe and some witnesses were required to be summoned to prove these. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has told the court that the photocopies of Income Tax returns of Chautala and his wife are required to be proved from the origils by summoning witnesses from the I-T Department along with origil records. Chautala’s counsel, however, has opposed the CBI contentions, saying the agency has been in possession of all documents since the time of initial investigation and it is not clear why additiol witnesses are being called. The agency had registered three separate disproportiote assets cases against Chautala and his two sons Ajay and Abhay, on a complaint by Harya Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala. On March 26, 2010, the CBI charge-sheeted Chautala for allegedly possessing assets worth Rs 6.09 crore, far exceeding his legal income between 1993 and 2006. (IANS)

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