The Delhi High Court will hear this Friday former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s appeal against his conviction and 10 years’ jail sentence for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers 12 years ago.

The 78-year-old leader of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), who was sent to Tihar Jail after his conviction, has also sought interim bail on the ground that “he is unwell and suffering from various ailments”.

Justice Mukta Gupta will hear his appeal as well as the bail application.

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

The senior Chautala, who was held as the “main conspirator” in the scam by the court, was found guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine and conspiracy under the IPC and for abusing his official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In his plea, Mr. Chautala has sought suspension of sentence on health grounds that he is 70 per cent disabled and requires constant supervision.

“The applicant had to be hospitalised (after his conviction on January 16) for chest pain, difficulty in breathing, fluctuations in blood pressure and coronary heart disease and till recently was in G. B. Pant Hospital,” the plea said.