New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed former Haryana Chief Minister O P Chautala’s plea for an extension of the bail given to him on medical grounds, saying that the opinion of a high-level medical board shows his hospitalisation is no more required.
Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others are serving varying jail terms following their conviction in a scam relating to the recruitment of Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers.
A bench of justices H L Dattu and S J Mukhopadhaya, however, extended from September 17 to September 23, the time given to Chautala, 78, to surrender before jail authorities and said he should do so without failure.
The bench also directed the jail authorities to “give proper, effective, efficient and expert medical assistance if required by Chautala.”
Chautala, a leader of the Indian National Lok Dal, had moved the apex court after the Delhi High Court had dismissed the same plea on September 6. The high court had directed him to surrender before Tihar Jail authorities on September 17. It had refused to extend his bail by relying on the medical board's report from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, which had said that Chautala's hospitalisation is not required.
The senior Chautala has moved the high court challenging his conviction and 10-year jail term awarded in the scam.
On January 22, the trial court had sentenced Chautala and nine others, including his son Ajay, to 10 years jail term for illegally recruiting 3,206 JBT teachers in 2000.
Among other convicts, 44 have been sentenced to four years in jail and one was sentenced to five-year jail term in the case.
All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and for abusing their official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act.