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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Delhi HC seeks CBI response on ex-CM Chautala’s bail plea

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 31, 2014
First Published: 10:39 IST(31/5/2014) | Last Updated: 10:42 IST(31/5/2014)

The Delhi high court on Friday sought response of the CBI on former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala’s plea seeking regular bail citing his ill health.

A special bench of justice Siddharth Mridul issued notice to the investigating agency seeking its reply by July 11 and refused to grant any interim relief to Chautala.

The court, however, extended till July 4 the interim bail of Chautala’s MLA-son Ajay Chautala, who has been sentenced along with his father in teachers’ recruitment scam.

It also extended till July 4 the bail of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Sher Singh Badshami and OP Chautala’s former officer on special duty Vidya Dhar till July 4.

The bail of all the three was extended on health grounds. The HC also directed them to submit reports regarding their medical status on July 4.

It, however, provided no relief to Sanjiv Kumar, an IAS officer, who has been convicted in the case and directed his counsel to file a fresh application for availing bail.

Chautala, in his bail plea, has contended that he is a senior citizen having 60% permanent disability.

The 79-year-old politician has contended that he is suffering from diabetes as well as chronic obstructive airway disease and is prone to both respiratory and cardiac failures.

On January 22, 2013, a special CBI court had sentenced Ajay Chautala, Om Prakash Chautala and eight others, including Vidya Dhar and Badshami, to 10 years jail term for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in the year 2000.

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