New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday gave its nod for criminal prosecution of Indian National Lok Dal leaders Ajay and Abhay Chautala in a disproportionate assets case.

A division bench of V S Sirpurkar and T S Thakur dismissed their plea of quashing the criminal case against them on the ground that no sanction was taken from authorities before initiating proceedings against them.

The bench said that there was no need to get sanction for their criminal prosecution and vacated the stay on the proceedings.

Refusing to grant any relief to Chautalas, the bench upheld the Delhi High Court order for their prosecution.

The Chautala brothers, INLD MLA in Haryana, challenged this year's trial court order on February 2, which had taken cognisance of charges against them in a disproportionate assets case.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet in December last year against the brothers in which it claimed that they had accumulated massive wealth which was disproportionate to their known sources of income.

According to the chargesheet against Ajay, the CBI claimed that he was in possession of assets to the tune of Rs 27.74 crore --more than three times his income of Rs 8.17 crore during the period of 1993 to 2006.

The second chargesheet was filed against Abhay alleging he possessed assets over five times higher than his income of Rs 22.89 crore as per income tax records during the 2000-2005 period. The agency claimed to have unearthed Rs 119.69 crore worth of assets.

The investigating agency's FIR listed the movable and immovable properties belonging to Chautala or his family members which had been acquired between July 1999 and March 2005 when they were public servants.

Meanwhile, 26 judgements are likely to be pronounced by the Supreme Court on the first day of its reopening on Monday after 49 days of summer vacation.

A maximum of 10 judgements would be delivered by a bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik, while another bench of Justices Mukundkam Sharma and A R Dave would deliver five judgements.

Besides, at the reopening the court would also resume hearing on the issue of black money, which is listed before a bench comprising justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia would also hear the Presidential reference relating to removal of Prasar Bharti CEO B S Lali following alleged irregularities committed by him in running the public broadcaster.

The bench headed by Justice Markandey Katju would hear the maximum matter as 71 items are listed before him. It is followed by the court of Justice Reddy, whose bench would hear 70 cases.

Justice Reddy is retiring on July 7.

During the summer recess, different vacation bench heard important matters including the bail plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. She failed to get any relief.

The Apex Court also heard the plea of Tata Motors' in connection with the land allotted to the company for its small car project Nano, and the confusion relating to implementation of the law relating to 27 percent quota for OBC in central educational institutions.

The petition against the midnight crackdown on yoga guru Ramdev and his followers protesting against black money at Ramlila ground also came up for hearing before the vacation bench of the Apex Court.

Agencies