Former Haryana chief minister and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala on Saturday surrendered at Tihar jail a day after the Delhi High Court asked him to do so for misusing bail conditions by campaigning for assembly polls in Haryana.
Chautala, who was on bail, surrendered around 8:40 pm and was sent to jail number two where he was earlier lodged.
The Delhi High Court had on Friday ordered him to surrender by Saturday, making it clear that it would not entertain any plea on extension of time for surrender.
A top Tihar official said 7 pm is the “lock out time” and as Chautala arrived almost one-and-a-half hours after the deadline, the authorities will report the matter to the court. The INLD leader went to jail on a white SUV accompanied by a number of supporters.
Chautala was granted bail on medical grounds on May 21, 2013. Since then he has been out by extending the bail on the same ground.
Addressing the media earlier, Chautala alleged that the haste in sending him to prison was the BJP’s ploy and a result of the party’s insecurity about the coming assembly elections in Haryana.
“The BJP was scared that people will vote in our favour if I campaign in the state. This is why they wanted me back in jail before the elections. However, this has irritated the people even more,” said Chautala.
A special CBI court had on January 22, 2013 convicted and sentenced Chautala, his son Ajay and eight others to 10-year jail term each for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in 2000. His appeal against the verdict is pending in the high court.