Om Prakash Chautala, former Haryana Chief Minister came out from Delhi’s Tihar Jail after serving a 10 years sentence. He was convicted in a teacher’s recruitment scam. However, the Indian National Lok Dal’s President was already out on bail. On Friday, he arrived at the Tihar Jail to complete all the formalities after which the 86 year old president was released.
Om Prakash Chautala, along with Ajay Chautala his son, and IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar was sentenced in a 2000 case of illegal recruitment of 3,206 junior basic teachers. The former Chief Minister who was convicted in the year 2013, completed his terms two months prior to his schedule on the grounds of a special remission allowed to 20 convicts who had a less than six months remaining of their term.
In accordance to Mr Chautala’s lawyer Amit Sahni, the Tihar authorities had communicated that the government of Delhi had passed an order concerning the special remission. He further expressed, “It had been a long battle to seek justice for Chautala.” He informed that they had approached the Delhi High Court on several occasion regarding the former Chief Minister release. “The Delhi High Court has reprimanded the Delhi government for not considering his early release despite his fulfilling all parameters.” he added.
The Indian National Lok Dal which currently does not have any MLA in the Haryana Assembly, will be looking forward for a comeback with their president’s return. The veteran leader will not be able to contest election in the following six years owing to his conviction. However, the four-time Chief Minister’s return is expected to strengthen the party’s chances of revival considering his oratory, charm and the ability to build opportunities in the crisis.