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JBT scam: SC rejects Chautala's bail plea

IANS  New Delhi, September 11, 2013
First Published: 15:01 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 18:23 IST(11/9/2013)

The Supreme Court today rejected the bail plea of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, who along with his son was convicted in connection with the teachers' recruitment scam in the state.


Brushing aside his plea that he be allowed to remain out of jail on account of his various ailments, the apex court bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya said that most of the ailments cited by Chautala were related to old age. 

Justice Dattu observed: "A thought crosses our mind ... if the petitioner gets a chance to come back to power, will he refuse it citing the ailments being pointed before us." 

Mocking the grounds for bail, Justice Mukhopadhaya said if that be the case then jail will only be for the healthy people. 

However, the apex court, in a minor relief, permitted Chautala to surrender before the jail authorities by September 23 and directed the jail authorities to provide "proper, effective, efficient and expert medical treatment", if so required by him.

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