In Tihar jail, Om Prakash Chautala, 82, clears Class 12 with A grade

Chautala appeared for the Class XII exam conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) at the centre set up for prisoners at Tihar Jail, where he is lodged.

Written by SUKHBIR SIWACH | Chandigarh | Updated: May 17, 2017 9:16 am
Om Prakash Chautala Om Prakash Chautala was out on parole in the second half of April to attend the wedding of his grandson, Dushyant Singh Chautala. His parole ended on May 5. (Source: PTI Photo)

FORMER HARYANA Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, who is serving a 10-year jail term after being convicted in the teachers’ recruitment scam, has passed his higher secondary examination (“first division”) at the age of 82 years. He is now planning to pursue an undergraduate course.

Chautala appeared for the Class XII exam conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) at the centre set up for prisoners at Tihar Jail, where he is lodged.

Confirming this, Chautala’s younger son, Abhay Singh Chautala, who is also Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly, said, “The last exam was held on April 23. He was out on parole during that time, but since the examination centre was inside the jail premises, he went back to jail and sat for the exam.”

Chautala was out on parole in the second half of April to attend the wedding of his grandson, Dushyant Singh Chautala. His parole ended on May 5.

According to Abhay Singh, Chautala secured “A grade” (first division) in the results which were announced recently. “He decided to utilise his jail term more meaningfully. Now, he goes to the jail library daily, where he reads newspapers and books. He asks the jail staff to arrange for his favourite books. He reads books about great politicians across the world. Sometime, he asks us to send course books also,” he said.

“Despite all odds, he has pursued his studies,” said Chautala’s close associate and retired IAS officer R S Chaudhary.

Charged with corruption in the recruitment of 3,206 junior basic trained teachers in Haryana in 2000, Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala, and 53 others were convicted by a trial court in 2013. The conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2015.

The NIOS, formerly known as National Open School (NOS), was established in 1989 as an autonomous organisation under the HRD Ministry. According to its official website, NIOS provides a number of vocational, life enrichment and community-oriented courses, apart from general and academic courses at the secondary and senior secondary level.

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    Ghoda
    May 18, 2017 at 1:36 am
    Lalu can well earn a PhD from jail.
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      gurdeep jolly
      May 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm
      My sloot to Sri Chautala ji. He used the jail time for good purpose. I hope he can become an example for other persons in jail and can write his life experience for others.
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        drywpande@yahoo
        May 17, 2017 at 11:46 am
        What stupid news you media guys are spreading ? Does it has any news value ? You should have spread that he is not even 12th p when he was contesting his first election.
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          arc
          May 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm
          Is PM with two fake degrees news? Uma Bharti cla.ss VI fail news? Once education (hrd) minister Smriti Irani with fake college degree news to you? Probably not. Asaram Bapu rapist? News to you? No. Swami Nityanand rapist? News? No. Mode's Rs. 15 lake suit news? No. So you know where you belong.
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            Allah
            May 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm
            Do not know where @Drywpande belongs. But @Arc you have pleased me to the core. 72 hooories await you and you belong to my harem called Jannatt.
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          arc
          May 17, 2017 at 11:24 am
          I don't like chautala. But his verance and pursuit of studies is admirable. Feku Modi, Smriti Irani, Uma Bharti and many more in central Govt should follow chautala's example and get proper cl xii educational certificates.
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            Tufail Ahmad
            May 17, 2017 at 10:56 am
            it is a ridiculous, a man even not 12 passed can become CM? Shame to become genius or talented .
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              arc
              May 17, 2017 at 11:28 am
              If a man with two fake degrees can become PM, anything is possible.
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              Prafulla
              May 17, 2017 at 10:55 am
              Proud of Indian society. Who vote on basis of heart and ears and cast.
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                l s
                May 17, 2017 at 10:50 am
                Keep this man for atleast more 35 years, he will definitely complete his degree and who knows, may even complete his masters/ doctrate. The point is to keep him in prison for ever. Best wishes to you Choutala. You are in the right place.
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                  Am
                  May 17, 2017 at 10:16 am
                  A Minister who clear cl XII Now,was involved in teacher recruitment process...what a fate of our country ..what kind of teacher they wanted to give country...extremely shameful
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                    TIHAEwale
                    May 17, 2017 at 9:07 am
                    abb iski shaadi karado
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                      Dipak
                      May 17, 2017 at 8:10 am
                      Whoever you are Chautala, with such a high education, the SC will now gave you permanent bail. You can stay with Lalu now.
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                        Truth
                        May 17, 2017 at 8:05 am
                        He should be an inspiration for cheats and fake degree holders !
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                          Achoot
                          May 17, 2017 at 8:52 am
                          Correct 👍🏼
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                          Niladrinath Mohanty
                          May 17, 2017 at 7:53 am
                          And he was a chief minister!!!
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                            vijay
                            May 17, 2017 at 9:49 am
                            That goes to show that politics is the only carrier where reading and writing is not at all important. Any can become a minister,most of them do.
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                            rajan
                            May 17, 2017 at 5:59 am
                            Irrespective of his credentials, good to know that an 82 year old inmate of Tihar jail is striving to be better educated.
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                              vijay
                              May 17, 2017 at 9:53 am
                              And hopefully he would begin to learn appreciate the right and wrong way to make money.
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                              Shyamal Ganguly
                              May 17, 2017 at 5:47 am
                              Why is this a news. A criminal passing 12 grade?Funny?
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                                vijay
                                May 17, 2017 at 9:56 am
                                Big one. he will be an inspiration to lalu to clear 8th standard and SSLC at first year and and do an MA in ethical studies later on.
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                                  Satyaban Kumar
                                  May 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm
                                  Lalu is more educated than your father
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                                  arc
                                  May 17, 2017 at 11:26 am
                                  @shyamao ganguly. It is news for the same reason that lack of education of Modi, Smriti Irani, Uma Bharti is.
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                                  ams
                                  May 17, 2017 at 5:02 am
                                  Indian media chu$$iya hain. Nothing better to report???
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                                    R. Iyer
                                    May 17, 2017 at 4:45 am
                                    It would be nice to know that the Government recovered the loss suffered by the state due to the individual's corrupt actions or the money illegally obtained by the convicted person in the scam.. This is not clear in the report.
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