Former Haryana Chief Minister OP Chautala surrenders at Tihar jail
NEW DELHI: Former Haryana Chief Minster Om Prakash
Chautala on Saturday surrendered at Tihar Jail, a day after Delhi High Court
asked him to do so for misusing bail conditions by campaigning for assembly
polls in the state.
Chautala, who was on bail, surrendered at around 8:40
PM and was sent to jail number two where he was lodged earlier. On Friday, the
Delhi High Court had ordered him to surrender by Saturday, making it clear that
it would not entertain any plea on extension of time for surrender.
A top Tihar official said 7 PM is the “lock out time”
and as Chautala came almost one and half hours after the deadline, the
authorities will report the matter to the court. The INLD leader came to the
jail in a white SUV accompanied by a number of supporters.
Chautala was granted bail on medical grounds on May
21, 2013 and since then he has been out by extending it on the same ground.
A special CBI court had on January 22, 2013 convicted
and sentenced Chautala, his son Ajay and eight others to 10-year jail term each
for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in 2000. His appeal against the
verdict is pending in the High Court.
A trial court had on Friday rejected Chautala’s plea
seeking exemption from personal appearance and permission to take part in
ongoing Haryana election campaign. Among other convicts, 44 were sentenced to
four years in jail and one given a five-year jail term.
All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery,
using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under IPC and of abusing their
official position under Prevention of Corruption Act.