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Chautala writes from hospital, asks supporters to exercise restraint

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, January 27, 2013
First Published: 18:05 IST(27/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:45 IST(28/1/2013)

Former Haryana chief minister and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala, who was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment on January 22 in the JBT teachers' recruitment scam, has asked his supporters to exercise restraint.

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In a letter, the former chief minister, who is at present admitted to a Delhi hospital after his conviction, has appealed people to maintain peace and harmony. "In my absence or while in custody, if any incident that does not fall within the purview of law happens due to overflowing emotions or that causes inconvenience to people, I would condemn that in the strongest words,'' said Chautala in the letter released by the INLD on Sunday.

Chautala said judiciary was an integral part of the constitution. "I have the highest respect and complete faith in judiciary. Judiciary will deliver justice. You should exercise self control, remain disciplined and maintain brotherhood and affection for fellow citizens,'' he wrote.

The INLD chief said they believed in democracy. “And every citizen has a right to express his point of view in a democratic manner. But, this right should be exercised within the rules of democracy and no citizen should suffer in any way,'' the former chief minister added.


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