The Delhi High court on Monday granted a month’s parole to INLD leader Ajay Chautala for maintaining “social ties”, but restrained him from taking part in political activity. Chautala is serving a 10-year jail term in a teachers’ recruitment scam case.
Justice A K Pathak directed Chautala not to leave Delhi without permission from authorities concerned. “The petitioner is granted one month’s parole. During this period, he will not move out of Delhi and will also restrain himself from participating in any of his or other political parties’ rally,” the court said.
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It said the relief is granted to “re-establish his ties with the society and the family members”.
The court’s order came on Ajay’s plea seeking two months’ parole to allow him “return to the mainstream”.
In his plea for parole filed through advocate Amit Sahni, Chautala had contended that the Delhi government’s 2010 guidelines were framed to achieve objectives of parole — to enhance continuity with family members, to maintain a minimum level of self-worth and confidence, for a positive attitude and interest in life and to protect social ties. The advocate had argued that law was well-settled that grant of parole to a convict is an integral part of correctional process.
Objecting to the grant of parole, the counsel for CBI had said Chautala spent a long time in a private hospital where he had been allowed to meet his family and others.