HC directs O P Chautala to appear tomorrow

SansadTV Bureau

The Delhi High Court directed former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on Thursday to appear before it on Friday on CBI’s plea for cancellation of his bail and immediate surrender for allegedly violating bail conditions.

The court said that the need for giving Chautala a hearing cannot be done away with and directed the INLD leader, who has been out on bail on medical ground and for campaigning for the upcoming Haryana Assembly elections, to appear before it.

“Issue notice to non-applicant (Chautala) for his personal appearance tomorrow,” Justice Siddharth Mridul said.

“I am painfully aware of it” was how the judge retorted to CBI’s allegation that Chautala has been misusing medical certificates.

HC also slammed CBI for not informing about alleged violations of bail conditions by Chautala earlier.

The court directed that Chautala as well as his designated counsel be served with the notice.

During the proceedings, CBI claimed that Chautala is mocking the court and pleaded before it to direct him to immediately surrender.

The former Chief Minister, who has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail term in the JBT teachers recruitment scam case, had on September 26 volunteered to surrender after which the court had fixed October 17.

The CBI, in its fresh plea, has also sought a direction to Gurgaon-based Medanta hospital to explain as to how an ‘ailing’ Chautala has been allowed take part in election campaign.

The CBI moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of interim bail granted to former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in the JBT teachers recruitment scam case, saying he violated bail conditions.

The counsel for the probe agency mentioned the application before a bench of Justices B D Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul and sought an urgent hearing, submitting that the INLD leader, who had been granted bail on medical grounds, has been campaigning for Haryana assembly election in violation of bail conditions

The plea had contended that the INLD leader intended to use the intervening period before his surrender “to campaign extensively in the state of Haryana”.

The petition had also contended that Chautala was “misusing the orders of the court and taking the court for a jolly ride, thereby abusing the process of law”.