Chautala gets 4-week parole, Ajay stays put

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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The Delhi High Court today ordered the release of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on parole for four weeks. Chautala is serving a 10-year sentence in Tihar Jail for his role in the teachers’ recruitment scam in 1999-2000 in Haryana while he was the CM.
Justice Pratibha Rani allowed Chautala’s plea on medical grounds. His son Ajay Chautala, who is also sentenced to 10 years in the case, has also sought parole, but the hearing in the case was adjourned for April 4.
The SC had refused to entertain their appeals against their conviction for committing irregularities in the recruitment of 3,032 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers. They filed review petitions following this. The petitions were slated for a decision on January 20 but this was deferred at their instance. They have pleaded for permission to file revised review petitions.
On January 22, 2013, a trial court here had sentenced 55 accused in the case. Among those convicted were 82-year-old Chautala’s then political adviser Sher Singh Badshami, the then Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Vidya Dhar, IAS, and then Primary Education Director Sanjiv Kumar, besides 50 others.