Teachers' recruitment scam: HC extends bail of OP Chautala

The Delhi High Court on Friday extended till September 19 the interim bail of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the teachers recruitment scam case.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday extended till September 19 the interim bail of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the teachers recruitment scam case.

A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul also extended till September 19 the interim bail of former IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar, who despite claiming to be the whistle-blower in the case, was also convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison along with Chautala.

The court extended Chautala's interim bail as CBI sought time to verify his medical report of September 3 given by Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana.

"Medical report dated September 3 of Medanta Medicity, Gurgaon, with respect to the applicant (Chautala) has been handed over in court today. CBI seeks time to file status report.

"Let status report verifying facts stated in the medical report be filed on or before next date of hearing. Interim order to continue on same terms and conditions," it said.

In Kumar's case, the court called for a fresh medical report from the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IBHAS), where he is currently admitted for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), regarding his current health condition.

"Medical report dated August 22 received from IBHAS with respect to petitioner (Kumar). Director of IBHAS is requested to submit report with respect to current medical condition of petitioner within two weeks. Interim order to continue till next date," the court said.

On July 11, the high court had reserved its verdict on the appeals of 55 convicts, including the Chautalas, in the Junior Basic Teachers recruitment scam case.

On January 22, 2013, a special CBI court had convicted and sentenced Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay and eight others to 10-year jail term each for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in the year 2000.

Among other convicts, 44 were sentenced to four years in jail and one to five-year jail term.

All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under IPC and of abusing their official position under Prevention of Corruption Act. 

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