High court seeks Delhi govt's response on Om Prakash Chautala's plea for parole extension to complete his wife's post-cremation rites

  • The Delhi High Court sought a response from Arvind Kejriwal-led government on the writ petition filed by Om Prakash Chautala

  • Chautala was granted parole by the Delhi government on 11 August after the demise of his wife Sneh Lata, which is expiring on 27 August

  • The court issued a notice to the Delhi Government and listed the matter for hearing on 26 August

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday sought a response from Arvind Kejriwal-led government on the writ petition filed by former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala for an extension of his parole for four weeks.

 High court seeks Delhi govts response on Om Prakash Chautalas plea for parole extension to complete his wifes post-cremation rites

File photo of OP Chautala. AFP

The parole granted to Chautala is expiring on 27 August. A bench of Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar in the court sought the response from the Delhi government.

Chautala was granted parole by the Delhi government on 11 August after the demise of his wife Sneh Lata.

Senior advocate N Hariharan and Advocate Amit Sahni appearing for Chautala submitted that his presence is essential for observing 40 days post-cremation rites observed in their community.

The court issued a notice to the Delhi Government and listed the matter for hearing on 26 August. The court has directed the Delhi government to file its response to it.

Chautala and his son Ajay Singh Chautala are serving a jail term in a teachers' recruitment scam case.

On January 22, 2013, a trial court had sentenced 55 accused in the teachers' recruitment scam case.

Among those convicted were 82-year-old Chautala's then political adviser Sher Singh Badshami, the then Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Vidya Dhar, IAS, and then Primary Education Director Sanjiv Kumar, besides 50 others.

A total of 55 persons were convicted under the JBT scam for illegally recruiting 3,206 teachers in Haryana in 2000. The father-son duo, including two IAS officers, were among 55 persons convicted on January 16, 2013, by the trial court.

Updated Date: Aug 23, 2019 20:52:03 IST