7 days parole granted to Om Prakash Chautala for grandson’s engagement

The Court said the 85-year-old leader be released for seven days on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the like amount.

“He shall not indulge in any illegal activities for the purpose of grant of bail. He is to surrender before the Superintendent of jail after the expiry of the period of parole,” the court said in its order.

Senior advocate N Hariharan and lawyer Amit Sahni, representing Om Prakash Chautala, sought parole for four weeks saying that the engagement ceremony of his grandson has been fixed for July 18 and his presence was required there.

Delhi government’s standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra submitted that the factum of the engagement ceremony has been verified and is found to be correct.

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

The Supreme Court on Aug 2015 had dismissed Om Prakash Chautala’s’ 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 two Om Prakash Chautala’s and three others, saying that “overwhelming evidence showed the spine-chilling state of affairs in the country”.

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

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