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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    Harpal Singh Grewal
    May 28, 2017 at 7:13 pm
    Bravo,big brother. you make us proud & are full of surprises. I know that you always tried to help the downtrodden community of farmers & farm workers.It is your lac of skills in the so called modern education which landed you in this situation but i am so overwhelmed by your positive at ude & fighting Spirit. I wish you had graduated as a law scholar, then you had been in a better position ward of the menace of intellectual corruption. By sending you behind bars is not going to be a good precedent for the senior politicians,you are a brave heart & i am sure you are going to come out with flying colors,but what shall happen to the mafia gang once they come to the cell/, just by thinking it amuses me. There is vacuum in farmers leadership, even if you can't fight an election, you can play role Bhisham Pitamah for the farmers. Wish you loads of success in your recent venture & best of health. A FARMER BROTHER
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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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