Before surrendering, Om Prakash Chautala accuses BJP of plotting against him

Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pressurising the CBI to frame him for violating bail conditions on purpose.

Updated: Oct 11, 2014, 14:45 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pressurising the CBI to frame him for violating bail conditions on purpose.

"I haven`t received any instructions from the court saying I can`t participate in public meetings, and this is a product of BJP`s frustration. The BJP is pressurising the CBI and is trying to frame me on purpose," Chautala told a news agency.

"The court has asked me to surrender on October 17 and if it asks me to surrender today, I`ll do it. I do not understand why the CBI is interfering as I have done no wrong. Nonetheless, the BJP is about to lose in Haryana Assembly Elections," he added.

Notably, Chautala is supposed to surrender to Tihar Jail authorities today on the direction of the Delhi High Court.

Justice Siddharth Mridul, in an order, had on Friday asked the jail authorities to take Chautala to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, if they consider it necessary, as he complains he has fractured his leg.

Chautala, who is also the Indian National Lok Dal chief, appeared before the court yesterday after it on Thursday sought his personal appearance as the Central Bureau of Investigation sought cancellation of his bail and bringing forward his surrender date, which was earlier fixed for October 17.

"I am pained and disappointed with Chautala's act. Now that he is discharged from hospital, he should surrender," the judge remarked on the conduct on Chautala, who was granted bail on medical grounds, but has been actively holding rallies to campaign for the October 15 Assembly Elections in Haryana.

Senior lawyers Ram Jethmalani and Hariharan represented Chautala in a packed court room with Chautala's supporters, journalists, and lawyers.

Jethmalani, advancing his arguments in support of Chautala, insisted that he be permitted to surrender on October 17 but the court refused.

During the hearing, Chautala also personally urged the judge to let him surrender on October 17.

But the court decided not to bargain over surrender date, because of Chautala's conduct.

He was first granted interim bail on May 21, 2013, and has been getting extension of bail on the ground that he was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon due to poor health. The hospital, however, discharged him recently and since then Chautala has been campaigning.

"If he is well enough to travel, well enough to address rallies, then he is well enough to surrender," the court said.

Chautala has been out on bail after being sentenced to 10 years in prison in the teachers' recruitment scam case. On September 26, the high court cancelled the interim bail granted to Chautala on medical ground and asked him to surrender on October 17.

A special CBI court here on January 22, 2013 sentenced Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and eight others to 10 years in jail, one convict to five years in jail, while 45 others were each handed out four-year jail terms after finding them guilty of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained teachers in Haryana in 2000 when Om Prakash Chautala was the chief minister.

(With Agency inputs)