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To walk free, Om Prakash Chautala to surrender at Tihar jail today

Chuatala is being released prematurely after the Delhi government, last month, passed an order granting a six-month special remission to those who have served nine-and-half years of their 10-year prison sentence.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: July 2, 2021 4:34:30 am
INLD leader and former Chief Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala. ( Express file photo)

Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, who is serving a 10-year prison term and is out on parole, is likely to walk free Friday after he reaches Tihar jail and completes the formalities of his formal release.

Chuatala is being released prematurely after the Delhi government, last month, passed an order granting a six-month special remission to those who have served nine-and-half years of their 10-year prison sentence. Since the Indian National Lok Dal supremo has already served nine years and nine months of his sentence, he is eligible for release.

INLD’s Haryana unit president Nafe Singh Rathi, said, “Accompanied by his grandson Karan Chautala, former Haryana CM will reach Tihar jail on Friday morning to complete paperwork for his release. After completing the paperwork and signing the release form, he will leave for his Gurgaon residence”.

INLD workers from all over Haryana will reach the Delhi-Grugaon border to welcome Chautala, Rathi said, adding a new era is set to begin in Haryana politics.

Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others including the whistleblower IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar were convicted and sentenced in the case pertaining to recruitment of 3,206 Junior Basic Training teachers in 2000. They all were sentenced to varying jail terms in the case by a special CBI court in January 2013. Kumar, the then Director of Primary Education in Haryana, had initially exposed the scam after he filed a plea in the Supreme Court. Later, he was also found to be involved in the scam during a CBI probe.

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