The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted three-week interim bail to former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, serving a 10-year jail term for teachers’ recruitment scam case, in order to carry out post-cremation rituals of his brother who died on Sunday.
Justice Kailash Gambhir set 79-year-old Chautala free on interim bail for 21 days, while asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh with two sureties of the like amount.
The INLD leader had on Monday attended the cremation of his younger brother Pratap Singh, son of late Devi Lal, at his native village in Haryana under custody of Tihar jail authorities.
“There is no dispute that the appellant’s (O P Chautala) younger brother has expired. There is also no dispute that O P Chautala is the eldest surviving member of the Chautala family. Last rites will be performed by Jitendra Singh, eldest son of late Pratap Singh, at native village… in Sirsa, Haryana. As per family tradition, presence of eldest member is socially desirable while performance of last rites,” the judge said.
The HC had on Monday sought the CBI’s response on Chautala’s plea seeking six-weeks interim bail to attend the last rites of his younger brother. The CBI did not oppose the plea, but requested the judge to reduce the time period from 21 to 12 days.
It also urged the court to impose conditions on Chautala so that he may not flee. The court had asked the CBI to verify what ceremonies were required to be performed by Chautala.