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Ajay Chautala to face probe for public speech via jail phone

IANS  New Delhi, February 25, 2013
First Published: 16:43 IST(25/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:32 IST(26/2/2013)

The Tihar jail authorities have ordered an inquiry against Indian National Lok Dal leader Ajay Chautala for allegedly addressing a public rally in Haryana through a telephone call made from the prison, an official said on Monday.



"All inmates are allowed to talk to their family everyday for five minutes through phone. Ajay Chautala called his son on February 20, who called his supporters. Chautala then addressed them through the speaker," Director general of prisons Vimla Mehra said.

"An inquiry was set up on Saturday. We are looking at every angle. The report might be submitted by today (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday)," Mehra said. 

"Suitable action will be taken if the allegation against Chautala is found true," Mehra added. 
Another jail official said Chautala addressed a rally in Sonepat district on February 20 for five minutes, when his son Dushyant connected him up through the speaker phone. Chautala used the occasion to update the crowd about the health of his jailed father and former chief minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala and inquired about the well-being of the villagers, the official said. 

The father and son are in jail after being indicted by a Delhi court for their involvement in irregular appointment of teachers in 2000. The trial court last month sentenced both convicts and eight others to 10 years in jail, while one convict was sentenced to five years and 45 others were handed out four-year jail terms.

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