New Delhi, Jan 4: The Delhi High Court today sought city government’s response on plea by former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, serving a 10-year jail term in teachers’ recruitment scam case, seeking 60 days’ parole for medical treatment.

Justice Ashutosh Kumar asked the Delhi government to file the status report before January 29 on the plea of Chautala whose appeal against the high court verdict convicting him and sentencing to years in jail was dismissed by the Supreme Court on August 3 last year. The apex court had which holding them guilty, however, said that the convicts may move the high court with their pleas seeking relief like parole on health grounds. (ALSO READ: Delhi High Court junks plea for law to ban cow slaughter)

Chautala, his son Ajay Singh Chautala and three others are serving 10-year jail term in the case. 82-year-old Chautala has sought parole for 60 days for treatment of some problem in his polio-afflicted legs. The plea stated that on September 8, 2015 Chautala had moved an application to Tihar Jail Superintendent for grant of parole. “On October 20, 2015, the home department of Delhi government has informed that his plea for parole was dismissed keeping in mind the 2010 parole guidelines as per which there should be a gap of a minimum six months from the date of termination of last parole,” it stated.

Senior advocate N Hariharan and advocate Amit Sahni said that INLD leader had last availed one-month parole in May this year, which was later extended till May 28. They said the “petitioner is polio-affected since his birth and has permanent disability of 60 per cent. He was on bail during the trial and was released on parole, but he has never misused the same.” The six-month period since the last day of his previous parole expired on November 28, 2015, so his plea be allowed by taking a lenient view, the counsel said. Senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for Delhi government, opposed the plea saying the jail has enough facilities for Chautala’s treatment. (More)