Court orders ex-Haryana CM Chautala to surrender

  • Soibam Rocky Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2014 14:46 IST

A day after holding massive rally at Jind, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala, who is out on bail after being convicted in 1999-2000 JBT recruitment scam, was Friday directed by the Delhi High Court to surrender before October 17.

Justice Siddharth Mridul took note of CBI's submission that Chautala granted bail on medical ground and alleged him of taking the “court for a jolly ride.”

While the Haryana Assembly election will be held on October 15 in single phase, the HC order did not clarify whether Chautala will have to seek prior court’s permission to address similar rallies in future till he surrender on October 17.

Hearing CBI's submissions the court warned Chautala of constituting a medical board of doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences to opine on the necessity of keeping Chautala hospitalized.

Chautala, however, said he was celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of his father, Devi Lal, and was airlifted there in an air-ambulance with the permission of doctors from Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon.

The court, however, was unimpressed and remarked that the INLD leader should have sought high court's permission to attend rallies while he was out on bail.

Chautala, who was first granted interim bail on May 21, 2013, has been getting extension of bail on the ground that he was currently admitted in the ICU of Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon due to bad health.

Meanwhile, the court extended the interim bail of Ajay Singh Chautala, INLD MLA Sher Singh Badshami, Om Prakash Chautala's former Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar and former IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar on medical grounds.

While Ajay and Badshami's interim bail have been extended till October 31, those of Kumar and Vidya Dhar have been extended till October 17.

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