Chautala seeks extension of parole, Delhi govt. told to reply

The teachers’ recruitment scam accused wants 4-week extension for wife’s post-cremation rituals

Updated - August 24, 2019 07:53 am IST

Published - August 24, 2019 01:51 am IST - New Delhi

File Photo of Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala

File Photo of Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought response of the Delhi government on a plea by INLD chief O.P. Chautala who is serving a 10-year jail term in a case of teachers’ recruitment scam. He has sought extension of parole by four weeks to observe the last rite rituals following his wife’s death.

Chautala was granted parole by the Delhi government on August 12 following his wife’s death the previous day in a hospital in Gurugram. His parole is expiring on August 27.

Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar asked the Delhi government to respond to the plea and listed the matter for further hearing on August 26.

Chautala’s counsel said he needed to be at home to observe a 40-day post-cremation rituals

The petition, filed through advocate Amit Sahni, said that as the marriage of Chautala’s grandson is expected to be solemnised by the end of this year, the customary rites and ceremonies are required to be followed for 40 days.

He was earlier on parole in July to attend the engagement ceremony of his grandson.

Chautala, his son Ajay and three others are serving 10-year jail term each in the case.

The Supreme Court in August 2015 had dismissed the Chautalas’ appeals against the High Court’s verdict upholding their conviction and the jail term awarded by a trial court in the Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers’ recruitment scam case.

The High Court had on March 5, 2015 upheld the 10-year jail terms awarded to the Chautalas and three others, saying that “overwhelming evidence showed spine-chilling state of affairs in the country”.

The father-son duo and 53 others, including two IAS officers, were among the 55 people convicted on January 16, 2013 by the trial court for illegally recruiting 3,206 JBT teachers in Haryana in 2000.

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