Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, accused in the 2000 teachers` recruitment scam, will be released from jail on Thursday after the Delhi High Court granted him an interim bail for six weeks to undergo a heart surgery.
The 78-year-old Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief was asked to furnish a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh along with two sureties of like amount before the trial court as a pre-condition for his release on bail.
The High Court also asked the former Haryana Chief Minister to surrender his passport with the trial court, besides asking him not to leave the National Capital Region without prior permission of the court.
The court also directed Chautala to get himself admitted at Vedanta Medicity within 24 hours of his release on bail for undergoing the surgery.
The High Court, however, gave liberty to the CBI to seek cancellation of his bail if any condition imposed is violated by Chautala.
"It goes without saying that the CBI will have the liberty to apply for cancellation of bail if any condition is being violated by the appellant/applicant," Justice Mridul said.
The court, however, disallowed the submission of the CBI that Chautala be restrained from addressing any press conference during the period of bail.
"How can this court curtail the fundamental right of a citizen. I don`t wish to comment on it. If you persist with it (arguments), then it seems it is not coming from CBI," the court observed during the hearing without elaborating.
Chautala has also moved the High Court challenging his conviction and 10-year jail term awarded in the Junior Basic Trained (JBT) Teachers case.
On January 22, the trial court had convicted and sentenced Chautala and nine others, including his son Ajay Chautala, to 10 years jail term for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in 2000.
Among other convicts, 44 have been sentenced to four years in jail and one was sentenced to a five-year jail term in the case. All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under the IPC and for abusing their official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
With PTI input