Friday, 10 October 2014

Painfully aware of O P Chautala misusing interim bail: Delhi HC

NEW DELHI: Observing it is "painfully aware" of misuse of interim medical bail by former Haryana Chief Minister O P Chautala, the Delhi High Court Thursday ordered him to appear before it on Friday.

"I am painfully aware of that (violation). There is abuse of judiciary. You need not mention it" Justice Siddharth Mridul remarked on being informed by the CBI counsel Rajdipa Behura that Chautala has been holding campaign rallies for assembly elections in Haryana, due on October 15.

HC said it will hear Chautala's explanation and directed the INLD leader, who has been out on bail on medical ground and for campaigning, to appear before it on Friday. CBI counsel Behura said Chautala has converted the medical bail relief into a "catch me if you can situation" and prayed for HC's immediate intervention to ensure his surrender.

But HC said if the CBI was so concerned it "should have informed the court earlier about the violation by Chautala and it could have taken remedial steps then." The CBI stirred into action only after the court issued notice to it on a plea by a Gurgaon lawyer accusing Chautala of misusing bail conditions.

During the brief proceedings, CBI alleged that Chautala is mocking the orders of the court by violating conditions attached to bail given on medical grounds. It urged the court to direct him to immediately surrender.

The former chief minister, who has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail term in the JBT teachers recruitment scam case, had on September 26 volunteered to surrender after which the court gave him time till October 17.

The CBI, in its fresh plea, also sought a direction to Gurgaon-based Medanta hospital to explain as to how an 'ailing' Chautala has been allowed to take part in election campaign

Chautala has been out on bail after being sentenced to 10 years in prison in the teachers' recruitment scam case. He was first granted interim bail May 21, 2013, and has been getting extension of bail on the ground that he requires medical attention after being admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon.

But while he has claimed to be seriously ill, the former CM has been freely addressing political rallies in various parts of Haryana seeking votes for INLD.

A special CBI court in Delhi Jan 22, 2013, sentenced Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and eight others to 10 years in jail. One of the convicts was sentenced to five years in jail, while 45 others were each handed out four-year jail term in the case.

The Chautalas and the other accused were convicted for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained teachers in Haryana in 2000 when Om Prakash Chautala was the chief minister. P Chautala,misusing interim bail,INLD,delhi hc,BJP

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