The Delhi High Court on Friday asked CBI to file its response to the plea of a 71-year-old woman, sentenced along with former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in the teacher recruitment scam case, challenging conviction and jail term awarded in the case.

Justice Mukta Gupta also asked the Superintendent, Tihar Jail to file a status report giving details about the health conditions of Raksha Jindal who was awarded four years’ jail term.

Besides the appeal against her conviction, Ms. Jindal has moved an application for grant of bail on medical grounds.

“The convict is 71-year-old and is wheelchair-bound as she has been suffering permanent disability. Even the trial court had allowed her to use the wheelchair inside the prison,” counsel for the convict said while seeking bail.

Ms. Jindal, who was a member of the district-level selection committee constituted to recruit teachers in Haryana, was held guilty along with Mr. Chautala and others under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

The Court has fixed the matter on February 7 for filing of Ms. Jindal’s medical report and reply of CBI to her appeal.

Earlier, the High Court had granted interim bail for five weeks to another convict in the case, Rekha Sharma, to attend the marriage ceremony of her daughter.

A CBI court on January 22 had sentenced 78-year-old Mr. Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others, including two IAS officers, for various offences.

On January 16, the court had convicted them for illegal recruitment of 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers. -- PTI