Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala was on Monday granted four weeks’ regular parole by the Delhi high court.
Justice Pratibha Rani allowed the 82-year-old INLD leader’s plea seeking time out for treatment in his polio-afflicted legs. His son Ajay Singh Chautala did not get parole for now, as the HC posted his plea for further hearing on April 4.
On August 3 last year, the INLD had dismissed Chautala’s appeal against the high court verdict convicting him and sentencing to years in jail. The SC, however, had said that the convicts may move the high court with their pleas seeking relief such as parole on health grounds.
The father-son duo and 53 others, including two IAS officers, were convicted on January 16, 2013, by a CBI court for illegally recruiting 3,206 JBT teachers in Haryana in 2000. Chautala, Ajay and three others are serving 10-year jail term in the case.
Chautala’s plea stated that on September 8 last he had moved an application to Tihar Jail superintendent for parole. “On October 20, 2015, the home department of Delhi government has informed that his plea for parole was dismissed keeping in mind the 2010 parole guidelines as per which there should be a gap of a minimum six months from the date of termination of last parole,” it stated.
The INLD leader had last availed one-month parole in May last year, which was later extended till May 28, the plea said.
“The petitioner (Chautala) is polio-affected since his birth and has permanent disability of 60%. He was on bail during the trial and was released on parole, but he has never misused the same,” it added.
The six-month period since the last day of his previous parole expired on November 28, 2015, the plea had said.
In his plea before the court, Chautala also cited the upcoming wedding of his grandson as a reason for the grant of parole.
As per the parole and furlough guidelines of the Delhi government, a convict must have served at least one year in prison excluding any period covered by remission, his conduct in prison must have been uniformly good; the convict should not have committed any crime during previous parole period and should not have violated any terms and conditions of the previously granted parole; and a minimum of six months should have elapsed from the date of termination of the previous parole.