Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala’s estranged brother and former MLA Pratap Singh Chautala on Tuesday extended support to the jailed leader and his family.

Pratap Chautala said he and his son Ravi will stand “like a rock behind Chautala and his family and it is time for us to remain united”.

A special CBI court had sentenced Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay and eight others to ten years in jail recently while one convict was sentenced to five years in jail and 45 others to four years in jail.

On January 16, the court had held the 78-year-old INLD supremo guilty of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in the State in 2000.

“Won’t join INLD”

Pratap Chautala, however, made it clear that he won’t join INLD as he “wants to work like a freelance politician”.

Pratap, who till recently had opposed his brother on various issues, said he had decided to forget the past. “Our common enemy is the Congress, which is using CBI like a puppet to target political opponents like they have done in the case of the INLD chief,” he said at a Press conference here. - PTI

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