The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a reply from the Central Bureau of Investigation to an application filed by former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala seeking extension of his interim bail. He submitted that the doctors treating him have advised him to get regular check-ups for three months after the implantation of a pacemaker.
He also sought permission from the Court to allow him to visit his native village Chautala, stating that he wanted to stay with his family after getting discharged from the private hospital in Gurgaon where he is undergoing treatment. Issuing notice to the CBI, Justice Siddarth Mridul has asked it to reply to the application by July 4. On May 21, the Court had granted Mr. Chautala an interim bail for six weeks for a pacemaker implant.
In 1991, Mr. Chautala was convicted by a trial court and sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in the primary teachers’ selection scam case in Haryana.
Holding Mr. Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala guilty, the court sentenced both to 10 years imprisonment each in January this year. According to the prosecution, the recruitment was initiated in 1999 to solve the shortage of teachers in Haryana and 3,206 vacancies were advertised in 18 districts. The lid was blown off the scam when Sanjiv Kumar, the then Director of Primary Education, approached the Supreme Court in 2003 with a petition alleging that he was pressurised by Mr. Chautala to replace the original lists of selected candidates with fake lists. However, his claim to be a whistleblower was exposed by the CBI. It was found that he was also part of the conspiracy to swap the selection lists.