HC Grants Four Weeks Parole to Om Prakash Chautala

New Delhi
HC Grants Four Weeks Parole to Om Prakash Chautala

The Delhi High Court today granted four weeks parole to former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, serving 10-year jail term in teachers' recruitment scam case, for medical treatment.

Justice Pratibha Rani gave the relief to Chautala also taking note of the fact that he has to attend weddings in his family.

The court, however, did not grant similar relief to his son Ajay Chautala, who is also serving 10-year jail term in the same case, and listed his application for April 4.

82-year-old senior Chautala has sought 60 days' parole for treatment of some problem in his polio-afflicted legs. Ajay sought 12 weeks' parole for enabling him "to get treatment and maintain social ties".

Later, both of them through their counsel R K Anand and Amit Sahni stated that they have to attend weddings in their family, which are scheduled in February.

"Their presence in the function is required for customary and religious rituals prevalent in their family," they said.

Chautalas appeal against the high court verdict convicting them and sentencing them to 10 years in jail was dismissed by the Supreme Court on August 3 last year.

The high court had on March 5, 2015, upheld the 10-year jail term awarded to Chautalas and three others, saying, "the overwhelming evidence showed the shocking and spine-chilling state of affairs in the country."

Chautalas and 53 others, including two IAS officers, were convicted on January 16, 2013 by the trial court for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in Haryana in 2000.

Besides Chautalas and two IAS officers, the high court had also awarded 10-year prison term to Sher Singh Badshami, then an MLA and political adviser to Chautala senior.

The high court had modified the trial court's order on the quantum of sentence and awarded two-year jail term to 50 other convicts.

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