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Chautalas been out of jail often since 2016

According to the records from Delhi HC Om Prakash Chautala was out of jail for 9 weeks in 2018 and for 9 weeks already this year in the run-up to the assembly election. His son Ajay was out for 3 weeks in April during the Lok Sabha polls.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 29, 2019, 08.57 AM IST
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The father-son duo was sentenced in 2013 to 10 years of imprisonment for involvement in a teacher recruitment scam.
NEW DELHI: The furlough granted to Ajay Chautala for two weeks, just after his Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) entered into an alliance with the BJP in Haryana may have raised eyebrows but court records studied by ET show that both Ajay Chautala and his father Om Prakash Chautala have been out of Tihar Jail for extended periods since 2016.

The elder Chautala, who heads the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), was out of jail for nine weeks in 2018 and for nine weeks already this year in the run-up to the assembly election in Haryana, show the records from the Delhi High Court. His son Ajay was out for three weeks in April during the Lok Sabha election and to give an examination in Sirsa.

A high court order on August 28, 2018, gave Ajay Chautala parole for one month for the marriage of his younger son and mentioned that the political leader had been granted parole and furlough nine times between 2016 and 2018 for a varied number of weeks and that he “has not misused the said liberty on any occasion”.

The father-son duo was sentenced in 2013 to 10 years of imprisonment for involvement in a teacher recruitment scam, a verdict upheld by the Supreme Court in 2015. Om Prakash Chautala, this year, first sought parole in April seeking to be out of jail for three months. He then pleaded that he “wanted to amicably settle family disputes between his two sons which arose because of serious personal issues in the family; and to look after his old and ailing wife”. He was first granted parole for a week on July 16 for the engagement of his grandson and then again on August 12 for two weeks upon the death of his wife, which was later extended by seven weeks.

The elder Chautala had extensively campaigned for the INLD in the last three weeks of this parole period and stitched an alliance with Prakash Singh Badal’s Shiromani Akali Dal before he surrendered on October 8. The party however fared badly, securing just one seat in the assembly election.

The JJP did far better by winning 10 seats and is now part of the Haryana government.
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