Two days after former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala got relief, the Delhi High Court on Thursday granted interim bail on health grounds to six jailed co-convicts of the 2000 Junior Basic Trained (JBT) Teachers recruitment scam

Earlier, the 78-year-old Indian National Lok Dal chief was granted a six-week interim bail for undergoing pacemaker implant surgery at a private hospital in Gurgaon here. He and 54 others are serving jail terms in connection with the case.

Justice Siddharth Mridul, who is hearing appeals of 55 persons against their convictions and varying jail terms in the case, on Thursday granted bail to six co-convicts for six weeks on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs.25,000 along with two sureties of like amount before the trial court.

The convicts granted bail are Madan Lal Kalra, Krishna Gupta, Jeet Ram Khokhar, Kailash Kaushik, Kanta Sharma and Abhilash Kaur.

The court, meanwhile, extended by six more weeks the interim bail of convict Raksha Jindal in the case.

It has also asked the medical superintendent of the jail to file medical reports of five other convicts who have sought interim bail on health grounds.

On January 22, the trial court had convicted and awarded Chautala and nine others, including his son Ajay, a 10-year jail term for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in 2000.

Among other convicts, 44 were given a four-year term, while one was sentenced to a five-year term.

All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and for abusing their official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act. — PTI